Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp identified defence as his priority but the untimely injury to striker Danny Ings has emphasised how much of a necessity it has become.
The German's attacking options have been reduced to Daniel Sturridge and the raw Divock Origi, who has not scored in his last 10 matches. Christian Benteke, the Reds' £32.5million summer signing, is still at least a week away from recovering from a hamstring problem and Ings will be sidelined for a minimum of six months after a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Ings, another summer arrival, is the club's top scorer with three goals but the team as a whole have managed just 11 in 13 matches this season and that contributed to the demise of Klopp's predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who throughout his three-year reign at Anfield never got to grips with a leaky defence.
The limited amount of time Klopp has had to work with his players after their return from international duty, and the fact the last time Liverpool scored more than once in an away game was February, means he has concentrated primarily on making his team difficult to beat.
"We have to be compact, close together in the game, and if you are always close enough with your players you always have options to help," he said ahead of the trip to Tottenham for his first match in charge.
"If you prepare for problems in the game and you are strong enough to handle this situation then you can stay in the game and win the game.
"It is not the time to change many things, only to turn the screws a little bit in the right way and that is what we tried to do.
"I expect to see that we have worked together and we can be organised after this short time."