Jurgen Klopp insists Sadio Mane's absence is not Liverpool's biggest problem
Mane is away on international duty at the Africa Cup of Nations.
His absence has coincided with Liverpool winning just once in six games since the turn of the year.
But Klopp insists the team have been doing well in attack – and the problem is keeping them out at the other end.
“We missed Sadio…we missed Phil for a time…we missed Joel Matip," Klopp said.
“As much as I like Sadio, it’s not that we had problems because we missed Sadio.
Jurgen Klopp's side have won just once in six games since the turn of the year
“We made other mistakes, not because we’re not scoring enough goals. We scored enough goals to win the games.
“You always speak about defence, or players. I speak about the whole defence of the team. If it was to buy one player and fix it, I’d be silly not to do it. But it’s not that simple.
"I knew about the problems we had after Christmas, and that was disappointing. I saw before the game that we are back on the right track and we could see the freshness coming back in training.
Will Ferrell spotted in the crowd as Swansea beat Liverpool
Sun, January 22, 2017
Will Ferrell was spotted in the crowd at Anfield as Liverpool suffered a 3-2 defeat at the hands of Swansea City
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Will Ferrell was spotted enjoying himself at Anfield as Swansea beat Liverpool 3-2
"But then we have this game, and it’s not so nice. But that’s part of life too.
“We had a long meeting after the game, so I’m ready for the rest of the season.
“We’ve come through a very intense period.”