Klopp: We could have been better

Toby Graves
September 23, 2016

Jurgen Klopp has defended Liverpool's past transfer business after a report showed they have been the biggest selling club in Europe over the past six years.

Jordan Henderson of Liverpool (14) celebrates with team mates Dejan Lovren as he scores their second goal during the Premier League match between Chelsea and Liverpool at Stamford Bridge on September 16, 2016 in London, England.

The Liverpool manager directly addressed the issue of why his reign so far has been typified by eye-catching results against the strongest clubs, swiftly followed by defeats to mid-table sides or those expected to be fighting relegation.

"Slowly, you can see our defensive ones are getting better and also our offensive ones - we are nicking some goals". "They want our points. Why should it be easier?".

"We have to think about why so many people think we have big problems against, how do you call it, "bus parking".

"It is so close when someone flies in three or four times like they did, and I said to the fourth official "Please tell him", said Klopp.

In that time, the Reds have sold the likes of Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Fernando Torres to Barcelona, Manchester City and Chelsea respectively. It was hard because I came back late to preseason and I was not fit for the start. "Not the name, not the players, only the style of play, what do we have to do, where are the opportunities, where is the space we can create, that's all what we do". "The summer was quite busy and I don't want to have that busy transfer windows". We wanted to do a few things and I saw a few of them, some things I didn't see.

Klopp accepted that there was still more to offer from his side and managers like Klopp will always look for ways their players could have done better, even after a massive win.

Another player who is waiting to see is Daniel Sturridge, who missed the win at Derby after missing training earlier in the week.

The £4.7million arrival from Mainz played in pre-season until he broke his hand and was sidelined for the start of the Premier League campaign, allowing Mignolet to retain his place.

However, Karius didn't put a foot wrong when he got his chance to impress against Derby in the EFL Cup in midweek, and probably feels he deserves to keep his place.

Marko Grujic and goalkeeper Loris Karius also their first starts with fit-again Danny Ings and 18-year-old debutant Ovie Ejaria coming off the bench.

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