In typical Jurgen Klopp fashion, Liverpool started their Premier League campaign in hectic and dramatic fashion. Nonetheless, the Merseyside outfit were the victors amidst the madness at the Emirates.
Prior to this weekend’s clash with Arsenal, the Reds had won just once away to the north London side in the previous 16 attempts. Consequently, a 4-3 victory was very well received as Klopp conquered a weak Arsene Wenger side.
Moreover, it appears the German tactician played a prominent role in the Anfield side’s dramatic turnaround. His reportedly inspiring half time team talk could be the reason behind Liverpool’s ruthless start to the second period.
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Liverpool-Arsenal undoubtedly proved the clash of the weekend with seven goals raining in at the Emirates.
The visitors turned the game around having initially found themselves behind to a Theo Walcott strike. Philippe Coutinho may have leveled up the affair before the break, but the change in performance across the two halves was blatant.
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Liverpool looked a different animal in the second half as they ran riot in the opening 18 minutes of the period. Goals from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane as well as another strike from Coutinho saw Arsenal 4-1 down.
The Gunners did reduce the deficit to just a single goal, but Klopp’s onslaught had seen the gap too great to traverse.
Clearly actions during halftime proved influential given the drastic improvement in Liverpool’s play after the break.
Adam Lallana served to confirm this as he gave an insight into the alterations instigated by his German boss. The England international explained: "I think maybe we showed them a little too much respect in the first half,"
"He [Klopp] wanted us to get up to the ball more -- more pressure, more counter-pressing. He said to use how fit we are and how we can really push on in the second half.
"We came out the traps firing and got the second, third and fourth [goals]. We let them come back in it and it was a bit of a tense last 10 minutes. It was nice to hear the final whistle and get three points, and we can go home happy."
Consequently, it’s apparent that Klopp clearly outlined what he wanted from his players and ensured they obliged. After all, a 4-3 win at the Emirates on the opening weekend is a huge statement of intent.
In a Premier League season boasting managers such as Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Jose Mourinho, Klopp is ensuring he isn’t overlooked. Besides, it appears the 49-year-old’s words carry and inspiring his players is second nature.
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