Friday, 15th August, 2014

Liverpool goalkeeping coach John Achterberg is confident about his side improving their defensive record in the upcoming campaign.

The Reds conceded 50 Premier League goals last season on their way to a second place finish, the most amongst the top five clubs and managed to keep just 10 clean sheets.

However, Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, who has been busy in the transfer market, has already brought in defensive reinforcements this season, namely Dejan Lovren and Javier Manquillo.

The Merseyside giants are also on the verge of completing the signing of Sevilla full-back Alberto Moreno.

And Achterberg, who underlined the importance of conceding fewer goals, feels the new arrivals will help Liverpool to better their defensive record this term.  


"As a whole team, we want to improve defensively because obviously the fewer goals you concede the more chance you have to win games and the more clean sheets you keep”, he told the club’s official site.

"That's what we'll be focusing on – it's communication between the defence, Simon [Mignolet] and the whole team from the front to the back. Hopefully we can improve.

"There are a lot of new players that have come into the club to help the team improve. I definitely think we will improve.

"We have already kept a few clean sheets in the recent games; we're improving that side of things by working in training."

Liverpool, who managed to keep four clean sheets in nine pre-season fixtures, will begin their Premier League campaign against Southampton at Anfield on Sunday.

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