Liverpool defender Joel Matip has revealed Liverpool have been working on defending crosses in training this week.
Defending crosses has been a real weakness for Liverpool this season and they’ve been identified as a key area which Manchester United could expose at Anfield on Monday.
To combat that, Jurgen Klopp has clearly been attempting to improve their organisation in training and whether it proves helpful will be seen in the game tomorrow.
Speaking about Liverpool’s training, Matip said: “We have to defend against this and we have lots of practices.
“This week we practised against crosses and high balls.
“If the ball comes in my area I have to give everything to try and clear it.
“(The defence) is a point we have to work on. The most important thing, for me, is always to win. The next most important thing is the clean sheet. 3-2 is not my favourite result.
“The team is working hard to improve defending. The manager wants clean sheets. We know there are a lot of games you have to win 1-0.
“I get very angry when we concede. If we win it’s good, but I always have the goal we conceded in my head. I think about it for days afterwards.”
Try as they might to improve, Liverpool have been pretty poor from set pieces across the course of the season so far, especially from corners which they have really struggled with. That weakness should be exacerbated by the fact United have been a real threat from set pieces such as Leicester City where we scored from three corners.
Both United and Liverpool have their weaknesses but the mere fact they have been working on improving their defending from crosses this week goes to show how worried Klopp is about us from set pieces. That’s advantage United straight away.
I think Liverpool will be favourites as they are playing at home but we’ve got an excellent recent record there and ahead of a ten day period where we also play Chelsea and Manchester City, a win could be the galvanising match we need to motivate the players.