Liverpool: Is ‘perfect’ Diogo Jota key to Reds’ high-scoring season so far?

Perfect signing" Jota the key to free-scoring Reds?

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The Reds were unable to stage a successful defence of the Premier League trophy last term as they struggled with a defensive injury crisis, but with their key players back fit this term they are looking a much more complete side.

“I knew what we were lacking [last season], we were lacking stability,” said Klopp. “No centre-half for a while and we had to find solutions to that. We were shocked and could not play the football we can.

“Now we have stability. Everyone knows what they have to do.

“Sadio Mane and Mo Salah had the longest pre-season I am pretty sure they had for ages, and that was helpful and we could work on a lot of things. We have got the stability back.”

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl also feels Liverpool have their ruthless streak back. Since letting slip a two-goal lead against Brighton at the end of last month, Liverpool have scored 14 goals in five games, conceding just two.

“This team is really on fire at the moment,” he said. “They didn’t make the mistake they made against Brighton and stop after 2-0, they kept going.”

‘I’ve learned from my mistakes’
Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool have scored 702 goals during Jurgen Klopp’s time as manager
Last season may not have brought a trophy for Liverpool but it was nevertheless a useful experience for Klopp.

To combat injuries in defence, Klopp altered his midfield options by playing Fabinho at the back, something the German felt ultimately disrupted his side’s fluidity going forward.

“I learned a lot,” Klopp said. “It is like that. I make mistakes.

“[When you] lose a centre-half it’s like breaking a leg, but if you put the midfielders then in the last line and open up other gaps, then you break your spine and all of a sudden you cannot walk anymore. That’s exactly like it was last year.

“It was not a lost season, I learned more than in other seasons.”

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