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Jurgen Klopp laughs off criticism of Liverpool defence after Crystal Palace win

Jurgen Klopp laughs off criticism of Liverpool defence after Crystal Palace win

Jurgen Klopp laughs off criticism of Liverpool defence after Crystal Palace win

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed the reason that Mohamed Salah was dropped from their starting lineup against Crystal Palace this weekend.

Benteke scored both goals in Palace's 2-1 win at Anfield in April and the former Liverpool striker will surely still be wondering how he failed to find the net in this game.

The Scottish full-back reportedly took a little while to get used to Jürgen Klopp's training methods and high-octane style of play but if his performance against Palace is anything to go by, then he'll be the next Roberto Carlos when he does completely adapt.

"It was a hard job", the German told Sky Sports.

"One problem we had at Watford was we were too early too deep". "I have no idea how much we had the ball but it was a lot".

But he accepts his first appearance could not have gone much better, even if he knows there is plenty more work to be done. It was a counter-pressing situation. Sadio Mane once again proved how crucial he is to the level of success.

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"If I play the way I play and carry on that way, I can be very useful for Liverpool and I think I need to carry on down that path".

Liverpool looked far more solid against Palace in their 1-0 win on Saturday afternoon, albeit against a weak attack spearheaded by Christian Benteke, and Klopp believes that his backline deserve more credit. "He's very important to us".

The Eagles - who were beaten 3-0 at home by Huddersfield Town a week ago - have lost their opening two games for the second straight season.

"It was hard. We could have played a little clearer in the first half". "I enjoyed every minute playing with all the boys for the first time competitively".

Speaking following his side's defeat, he was asked if there were some positives from the game, despite some missed chances - he said, via football.london: "Yeah of course, I think we played 95 minutes very concentrated".

"I am happy with how I have done in the first couple of weeks here".

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