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Slaven Bilic Can't Find Fault With Liverpool's "Perfect" Defensive Set Up

Slaven Bilic Can't Find Fault With Liverpool's "Perfect" Defensive Set Up

After a wonderful victory against Manchester City last weekend, many Liverpool fans will have been wary of tonight's fixture away to Swansea City.

Struggling at the very bottom of the Premier League table, Carlos Carvalhal's side would know that tonight's fixture was a shot to nothing; but a potentially invigorating tie if they could get the right result.

After a turgid first half in which Slaven Bilic believed Liverpool looked a little "slow", the Croatian had some very interesting insights on where Liverpool fell down when they did eventually fall 1-0 behind at the close of the first-half.

Posing a threat to Liverpool via the corners they continued to accumulate, Alfie Mawson would make Liverpool pay, putting the home side ahead with a tidy finish after a corner was poorly cleared.

However, with the general assumption being that Jurgen Klopp possesses a share of the blame for Liverpool's occasional susceptibility at the back, Bilic believes that the offending corner in question shows no traces of fault with what the German can control:

Everything is perfect, the set up is brilliant. Maybe [Can and Gomez] are not watching the man and the ball, but that is not the cause of the goal.

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Ultimately coming to the conclusion that Liverpool's conceded goal was the product of bad luck on their behalf, the former World Cup semi-finalist Bilic even suggested that Virgil van Dijk's poor clearance was "very difficult" to clear any more effectively than he did.

What did separate the sides for Bilic was the small show of sluggishness that could be located in a few Liverpool performers. Whereas Swansea, by comparison, were driven to a degree that was overpowering their opponents.

You can watch Bilic's full break down of the corner that lead to Swansea's goal below.

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