£22.5m-rated Liverpool star says that big improvements are needed

Liverpool centre-back Joel Matip has admitted that a lot of things need to change as the Reds look to tighten up their defence.

Liverpool have now conceded 16 times in their nine Premier League matches this season – four of which came in the 4-1 defeat at Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday afternoon.

The Merseyside outfit’s defence was again criticised for a poor display, with Matip and Dejan Lovren both struggling to deal with Tottenham’s movement in the final third.

Lovren was replaced in the first half of the match as Joe Gomez moved into a central position, but the Reds could not stop the flow of traffic towards their own goal.

Matip, who is valued at £22.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, has conceded that things ‘cannot go like this’ as Liverpool risk the possibility of missing out a spot in the top four at the end of the 2017-18 campaign.

Matip told Sky Sports:

“It cannot go like this. It cannot be that we concede that many goals away. I’m a defender and I should take care of this.

“We gave them the opportunity. It was not that they played the perfect ball with our mistakes. We have to take care of them and have to stop them.”

The defeat at Wembley has left Liverpool down in ninth position in the Premier League table  – 12 points behind the league leaders Manchester City after nine games of the season.

Next up for Jurgen Klopp’s side is a home game against Huddersfield Town on Saturday afternoon.