Jurgen Klopp has defended his Liverpool side against accusations that they lack the nous and the organisation required to shut games down.

The Reds go into Wednesday’s Premier League clash at Stoke City on the back of two frustrating draws against Sevilla and Chelsea.

On both occasions Liverpool conceded a late equaliser and holding on to leads has been an issue this season. They were also pegged back against Watford and Newcastle, as well as at home to Sevilla.

However, having analysed the match against Chelsea, Klopp is adamant that the Reds weren’t guilty of surrendering control after going in front courtesy of Mohamed Salah’s 15th goal of the campaign.

“You can always say game management is an issue but if you think about the opponent, you have to say it’s not that easy,” Klopp said.

“Chelsea brought on (Cesc) Fabregas, who is a completely different player to all the other players. In one moment, he plays a pass, I think nobody saw the space apart from Fabregas. That’s the situation, it’s really difficult.

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“You need moments to adapt to it, to react on it, and in these moments the other side can score a goal. We lost the lead in two games but making a big story of it, I don’t get it.

“It isn’t that, it’s just the quality of the other team. You have to defend sometimes with luck but if you all want us to defend…

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