Liverpool summer signing Ragnar Klavan has revealed that the Reds practice a lot of set pieces under manager Jurgen Klopp in training – from a defensive and an attacking perspective – to increase their chances of scoring goals and reduce defensive errors at the back. The Augsburg defender scored from such a set-piece to open the gates against Derby Country before drubbing them 3-0, with Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino getting their names on the scoresheet.
The Reds make easy work of the Championship side and will be looking at the draw scheduled for Wednesday (21 September) for their next opponents in the fourth round of the EFL Cup. Klavan said that their rate of scoring from set-pieces is not a flash in the pan, but a concerted effort to increase their output from that exercise.
"We work a lot on defensive set-pieces and also offensive ones," Klavan told Liverpool's official website. "Slowly, you can see our defensive ones are getting better and also our offensive ones - we are nicking some goals."
Klavan in pleased with the goal, having only just returned from an ankle injury and hopes to push on into the first team with such performances when he is afforded more opportunities. However, he is not in awe of his goal, but insists that he is pleased that he could help the team by being at the right place at the right time.
"It's a really nice moment as an individual but I was really happy that I could help the team. We had a lot of possession and dominated the game but we didn't score [at first], but I was in the right place at the right moment - or maybe the wrong place, I don't know! I was there and made a goal and after that we didn't give away any goals and, to the end, we were good," he added.