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Top four bid will be lost if Liverpool don't tighten up: Klavan

Struggles: Ragnar Klavan admits to defensive concern
Struggles: Ragnar Klavan admits to defensive concern

By Carl Markham

Liverpool defender Ragnar Klavan says the Reds cannot expect scintillating attacking play alone to sustain their top-four drive.

The Estonia international lamented Jurgen Klopp’s side leaking three goals in five minutes at Arsenal, as Liverpool slipped to a 3-3 draw at the Emirates Stadium on Friday night.

And Klavan has challenged Liverpool to shape up quickly both with and without the ball, for the Anfield visits of Swansea City this evening.

“If you just look at the first half, the way we started, the way we played, the way we defended and attacked then I’d have to say we lost those two points,” said Klavan.

“But if you look at the whole game, what happened during the second half then it’s a draw. Both teams scored three goals and we just let Arsenal come back into the game. We scored to make it 2-0 and they scored with the next attack, that gives them a lot of energy, the crowd is coming behind them and supporting them.”

Philippe Coutinho and Mohamed Salah fired Liverpool into a 2-0 lead in London, only for Alexis Sanchez, Granit Xhaka and Mesut Ozil all to strike in five minutes to catapult Arsenal into an unlikely lead before Roberto Firmino’s goal salvaged a point for the visitors.

Premier League fixtures (3pm unless stated): Today: Tottenham v

Southampton (12.30), Bournemouth v West Ham, Chelsea v Brighton, Huddersfield Town v Stoke City, Man Utd v Burnley, Watford v Leicester City, West Brom v Everton, Liverpool v Swansea City (5.30)

Tomorrow: Newcastle Utd v Man City (7.45).

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