Klopp insists one Liverpool player was as poor as Dejan Lovren vs Tottenham

Jurgen Klopp has attempted to shield Dejan Lovren from criticism by claiming the error-prone centre-half was no worse than his defensive partner Joel Matip during Sunday’s defeat against Tottenham.

The Croatia international was hauled off in the 31st minute after he made mistakes which led to goals from Harry Kane and Son Heung-min as Spurs cantered to a resounding 4-1 win at Wembley.

‘It is difficult to talk about because I do not want to create headlines which don’t help us,” said Klopp. ‘It was just defending in all parts. Everything that happened was so obvious…you cannot get results with performances like (that).

‘Actually I really don’t want to blame players and Dejan was no worse, to be honest, than Joel. ‘We have to prove we are better defenders than we are today. The only way to fix it is to stay strong. The first goal would not happen if I am on the pitch, in my trainers.’