By 90Min
December 21, 2017

Liverpool legend Jamie Carragher has claimed that he knows how Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has tightened up his side's defence to stem the flow of goals conceded in recent weeks.

When discussing Liverpool's ability to challenge for silverware few question their attacking threat but rather lament on the defensive frailties which have plagued the side for a number of seasons. Yet, since the Reds were humbled 4-1 by Tottenhman in October, they have conceded just seven goals in their last 12 games across all competitions.

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A clear juxtaposition to the staggering 16 goals conceded from 38 shots on target in their first nine league games of the season, Carragher believes tactical changes with the full-backs has led to Liverpool picking the ball out of the back of the net just four times in nine league games.

Carragher told Sky Sports, via the Daily Star: "Since the Tottenham game, there has definitely been a change.

"The next game was Huddersfield and you are thinking that is a game that you just go and win.

“Liverpool won 3-0 but it was evident right from the start of the game that the positions of the full-backs were different and it stayed like that."

The tweaking of Liverpool's formation has seen the full-backs pulled closer to their central defenders, limiting the space opposition attackers have to exploit. A change which Carragher has welcomed as he claims the centre-backs have been unfairly blamed for the club's poor defensive displays.

As a 737 game veteran for Liverpool, the former central defender knows the position at the club more than most, he added: "We are critical of Liverpool's centre-backs and I get asked that question a lot because of the position that I played.

"But I always think how difficult it would be to play for Jurgen Klopp at centre-back. I don't think there's a top-class holding midfielder and if your full-backs are leaving you isolated as well then it's not easy.

“So there has definitely been a change there and that has helped them not only results-wise but also defensively."

A stern test awaits Liverpool on Friday night when they face fellow top four challengers Arsenal at the Emirates. 

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