Klavan: Liverpool are getting better at set-pieces under Klopp
The summer signing from Augsburg has also insisted that although it was a nice feeling to score his first Liverpool goal, he just is concentrating on helping the team improve.
Klavan scored the opening goal against Nigel Pearson’s Derby County when the ball fell at his feet following a corner kick, after the opener Liverpool cruised to a 3-0 victory in their EFL Cup tie. The experienced Estonian believes that the team’s training ground work, on set pieces, has paid dividends in matches.
The 30-year-old said, as reported by Liverpool’s official website: “We work a lot on defensive set-pieces and also offensive ones. Slowly, you can see our defensive ones are getting better and also our offensive ones – we are nicking some goals.”
Not only did Liverpool get off to a flying start via a set piece against Derby, the Merseyside club also got their noses in front against Chelsea courtesy of Dejan Lovren’s header from a Philippe Coutinho free kick.
Coutinho has already displayed his diverse range of free kicks this season, and scored a perfectly placed long-range set piece goal against Arsenal on the opening day of the season.
The modern game has seen a deduction in tolerance towards physicality and that has ultimately placed greater emphasis on set plays, they can so often be the difference between two teams.