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Liverpool hero Fowler: Klopp needs to rethink midfield setup

 Liverpool hero Robbie Fowler feels manager Jurgen Klopp should tighten up their defence to overcome their early season problems.

Fowler wrote for the Mirror: “This may sound so simple that it seems I'm just talking nonsense, but the whole idea of staying as compact as possible in defence is one of the principles of play, it is one of the fundamental building blocks of football. If you don't have it, you don't win. What's the opposite of compact? Whatever it is, that's what Liverpool have been so often this season. Why? Well it seemed as though Klopp didn't know on Wednesday (at Napol).

“But the clue seems to be in their running stats. Less distance covered than every opponent so far this season, less intense runs, less sprints. Why? It's not that they suddenly can't run, that's far too simplistic. Maybe Klopp has decided to try and control games, run less to see them through a ridiculous season with a World Cup in the middle. But that isn't working because he doesn't have his midfield controllers in Thiago, Naby Keita and Curtis Jones."

Fowler added: “Maybe it's even simpler than that. Maybe it's the shortened summer and the training periods they had after a long season. Perhaps they tried to do too much fitness in too short a space of time, or even not enough. That would explain the injuries either way."

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