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John Giles Believes Liverpool Should Look To Young Irish Defender

John Giles Believes Liverpool Should Look To Young Irish Defender

Having been a vocal critic of Jurgen Klopp and his touchline antics for some time, John Giles appears to have mellowed in his opinion of the German recently.

With Liverpool enjoying a tremendous Champions League run this season, Klopp's men look set to qualify for this year's final in Kiev.

Writing in his Herald column, Giles singled out the free-scoring Mohamed Salah as "the reason Liverpool will go to Rome expecting to score next week and finish the job. As the man of the moment, he is brilliant and deserves all of the praise that comes his way."

Yet, Giles' condemnation of Liverpool under Klopp has rarely been as a result of any perceived weakness up front.

Of Liverpool's defence, Giles is somewhat less flattering. Highlighting the proclivity of Dejan Loveren's willingness to "disobey the basic laws of defending," the former Republic of Ireland international begrudgingly admires Klopp's determination to "never change his philosophy, even though it carries an obvious flaw which can lead to moments of wild, uncontrolled, backs-to-the-wall defensive chaos."

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Suggesting that Liverpool still need more work defensively, Giles believes that "a lad like Declan Rice might be a good investment for Klopp."

Praising the West Ham United man's "instincts for defence" and comfort on the ball, Rice has made a solid start to life as a Premier League defender.

Picking up his first international cap along the way, many may feel that if he continues on his current trajectory, clubs of Liverpool's standing may well be where he ends up.

See Also: Jurgen Klopp Speaks Out On Sean Cox Attack

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