Liverpool deserve to be ninth, says under-pressure Klopp

The Brazilian was welcomed back to Liverpool after his proposed departure fell-through

The Brazilian was welcomed back to Liverpool after his proposed departure fell-through

Gary Neville feels Liverpool have no chance of mounting a challenge for the Premier League title unless they decisively address their defensive frailties.

Jurgen Klopp has admitted that Liverpool's top-four hopes have taken a battering after their 4-1 loss to Tottenham at Wembley on Sunday afternoon.

Klopp substituted centre-half Dejan Lovren with only half an hour gone in a defeat that left them 12 points adrift of leaders Manchester City and behind sides like Watford, Newcastle United and Burnley in the table.

The Merseysiders, ninth in the Premier League, have conceded 16 goals so far this season - only four other sides have shipped more.

"But when you make the mistakes we did we have to work on that, it was too easy for Tottenham, much too easy".

"If Tottenham needed to be geniuses to come through us then there is no debate". I've got every faith that we can because we've got a fantastic team. "Performance-wise we are a team that should be there but now we have to get the results".

Klopp was furious with his defenders, suggesting in is post-match interview he could have done a better job at the back.

"It's very important to underline that he never said anything to him and he's killed that player", Schmeichel said.

"Dejan was no worse than anyone else".

"You can not get results with a performance like today against a team like Tottenham, they were completely spot-on and obviously we weren't".

"The first goal would not happen if I was on the pitch but I'm the middle of the technical area in trainers", he said.

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