Liverpool manager Klopp defends 'goalkeeper maniac' Achterberg

Heather Diaz
August 10, 2018

There is no denying what Fekir would bring to Liverpool; a sense of creativity behind their phenomenal front three - a creativity which has been lacking since Phillippe Coutinho's departure to Barcelona last season - and the firepower needed to win trophies.

While others have been frustrated, Liverpool have had a great transfer window, with Klopp addressing weak spots in his squad and spending big to try and plug the gaps.

While the news that the Reds had signed Alisson Becker from AS Roma was met with overwhelming relief and joy, many fans on social media have expressed their disdain at the fact that John Achterberg is still a Liverpool employee.

You all know he went for a scan.

That is what you need to challenge for the top honours now, as the days of winning the title using 14 or 15 players are gone for teams that also have the burdens of playing Champions League football.

With Joe Gomez, Joel Matip and Ragnar Klavan all carrying injuries, Virgil van Dijk cruised through the first half alongside Under-23 defender Nathaniel Philips.

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Klopp has not ruled out captain Jordan Henderson featuring on Sunday despite only returning to training at the weekend.

Jurgen Klopp understands why expectations are high at Liverpool after the club added some impressive players in the summer transfer window.

The visitors rarely threatened but pulled a goal back through Andrea Belotti's powerful close-range header. The boys are not all on the same level, you can see that.

The Premier League season hasn't even started yet, and Liverpool's summer signing Fabinho has already made an excellent impression on the Anfield faithful - despite missing a penalty in the Reds' 3-1 home win over Torino on Tuesday.

In the second half at Anfield, midfielders Fabinho - who missed an early penalty - and Marko Grujic both filled in as Van Dijk only played 45 minutes, but Klopp is not anxious ahead of Sunday's visit of West Ham.

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