Jose Enrique is fine with Liverpool’s lack of clean-sheets (shutouts) this season. He thinks defensive perfection isn’t that important as long as the Reds outscore their opponents, BBC Radio Merseyside reports.
“Clean sheets are important but I don’t care if they score four, if we score five it’s the same,” Enrique said. “A clean sheet is important but more important is three points.”
“The team played really well and scored one goal but we could have scored five.”
Liverpool has only managed to hold opponents scoreless in two of 11 games this season. Its defensive record, along with a lack of ruthlessness in front of goal, is a major cause for concern at the club.
Defensive lapses have caused the Reds to concede goals (against Sunderland, Stoke, Manchester United and Norwich) that have seen them drop points in games they should have won.
Liverpool is sixth in the English Premier League standings with 19 points. They took three points from those four games games, when they should have had nine more. 28 points would put Liverpool at the top of the League.
The fact that Liverpool is leaking goals is not the end of the world, as Enrique points out. But couple that with the team’s inability to convert its chances at the other end and you have the fundamental problem with this team’s quest for a top-four finish. It’s losing games it should draw. It’s drawing games it should win. It’s simple math, really.
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