Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists the defensive frailties which cost his side three points against Sevilla cannot be solved merely in the transfer market.
The Reds opened their Champions League campaign with a 2-2 draw on Wednesday night, although a series of defensive errors – coupled with a missed penalty from Roberto Firmino – gifted the Spanish club a crucial point at Anfield.
Liverpool were heavily linked with Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk throughout the summer, although Klopp was eventually forced to abandon a move for the Netherlands international after the Saints accused the Reds of making an illegal approach for the player.
However Klopp refused to blame Liverpool’s early-season defensive woes on the club’s failure to sign Van Dijk, insisting the team needs to be more dominant in games and not give away easy goals.
The Reds will be away at Spartak Moscow in their second group game in the Champions League.