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Why Liverpool’s defence must improve if they are to challenge Manchester City for the Premier League title

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Liverpool's Premier League title challenge and Champions League triumph last season was built around a new-found resilience at the back as Jurgen Klopp finally managed to strike the perfect balance at both ends of the pitch.

In the league, Liverpool conceded fewer goals than any other team, a total that was over half the number they let in during the 2017-18 campaign, while they kept four clean sheets in their seven knock-out games in the Champions League.

In terms of results, Liverpool have started where they left off last season, thrashing newly-promoted Norwich City 4-1 in their Premier League opener before adding a fourth European Super Cup to their trophy cabinet after squeaking past Chelsea on penalties.

During both matches Liverpool have shown a surprising vulnerability at the back which will have concerned Klopp, particularly considering their title rivals Manchester City flew out of the blocks last weekend with a comprehensive 5-0 victory against West Ham.

As last season proved, Liverpool cannot afford too many slip-ups if they are to end their 30-year wait for a league title after missing out last season by a single point and in order to keep up with City, they must tighten up defensively.

Liverpool's decision to part with what was briefly a world-record £67m to secure Alisson from Roma in 2018 was met with incredulity it proved to be money well spent as he went on to win the Golden Glove in his first season, after playing every minute of the Premier League campaign.

It is an area that Liverpool will surely improve upon in the coming weeks but the fact that they are conceding so many chances at present is a slight concern considering they started last season in imperious defensive form, conceding only three times in their opening nine league matches.

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