Jurgen Klopp revealed that he and his coaching staff had to give Stefan Bajcetic some critical advise following his debut into the match against Manchester United
The young Spanish-Serbian had been brought into the action as a number six, but the thrill of the moment had obviously gotten to him, prompting the 55-year-old to remind his young apprentice of his positional responsibilities.
“Let me put it this way: I loved Stefan’s effect when he came on, but he was a six and he was everywhere, so we had to tell him, ‘By the way, you are six!'” the German strategist told reporters after the game, according to liverpoolfc.com.
“We had a situation in the first half when Hendo and Fabinho were half-left in the box, I am not sure where Harvey was there but definitely not in protection.
“We don’t need these moments. That’s when you get swept up in the excitement and lose sight of what’s needed in order to stay stable.
“That’s what we have to be because we need consistency, we need results and it will not always be like this that we score with all of these situations.
“There will be other games where we don’t score so much and you have to dominate football games, if you can. We could do it now, which is why we had to.”
At 18 years old, it’s easy to see how the occasion could have affected the holding midfielder, especially with the promise of more goals no likely on the minds of others yet to fill their boots against the hapless visitors.
All of that being said, Klopp is correct in emphasizing the need of structure and defensive stability, even when we are in such a dominant position on the pitch and on the scoreboard.
As much as we’d like to see this Liverpool side putting seven past our opponents every week, the reality is that there are more games like the 2-0 win against Wolves in the calendar on average, so we must be on our game at all times.
Bajcetic, on the other hand, has been one of the season’s bright spots, and we can probably chalk this one up to the thrill of the moment.