Video explaining Jurgen Klopp's tactics against Hoffenheim emerges

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Liverpool produced their best performance of the season so far to seal their place in the group stages of the Champions League on Wednesday night.

Jurgen Klopp's side ran out 4-2 winners (6-3 on aggregate) against Hoffenheim at Anfield after a brilliant attacking display saw three goals scored in the opening 18 minutes.

Following a week overshadowed by speculation surrounding Philippe Coutinho's future, the likes of Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino really stepped up to suggest the Reds can still be a force to be reckoned with even if their Brazilian talisman does join Barcelona.

And ahead of the group stage draw on Thursday, manager Klopp insists they will not fear anyone.

"We should be there in the Champions League and we are really excited about who we get," the German said.

"There will be a few nice and difficult opponents but no-one, with this atmosphere, wants to get us in the group stage.

"I'm really looking forward to the draw."

In a performance reminiscent of Borussia Dortmund from a few years ago, Klopp got his tactics spot on against Hoffenheim.

Liverpool FC v 1899 Hoffenheim - UEFA Champions League Qualifying Play-Offs Round: Second Leg

The 50-year-old's pressing game hasn't always had the desired effect since he arrived at Anfield almost two years ago, but it worked to a tee on Wednesday.

A video has emerged to expertly show the impact Liverpool's strategy with and without the ball had on their Bundesliga opponents.

As you can see by watching below, the role and positioning of Firmino is actually crucial to how the Reds create their chances.


By dropping deep to pick up the ball, Hoffenheim's defence was pulled out of shape and allowed Mane and Mohamed Salah to exploit the extra space.

Out of possession, Klopp's men became extremely narrow and put severe pressure on the visitors in those tight spaces, using the overload to win the ball back quickly.

It is a really impressive analysis and reveals the little things most fans don't actually notice when watching the game live.

Klopp and co. are back in action on Sunday when they take on Arsenal at home.

Keep your eye out for Klopp's tactics taking effect again!

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