Back in 2016, Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp described gegenpressing as “the best playmaker”.
The Reds’ zealous style of play has proven incredibly effective at times during the German’s reign at Anfield and the fact that Liverpool are averaging 2.35 goals per game in the Premier League suggests opponents haven’t found a way to stop it.
“Think about the passes you have to make to get a player in a No. 10 role in a position where he can play the genius pass,” Klopp said on Sky Sports, per the Liverpool Echo.
“Counter-pressing lets you win back the ball nearer to the goal. It’s only one pass away from a really good opportunity.
“No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter-pressing situation. That shows why it’s so important.”
Klopp’s style has let to some memorable performances, such as the 6-1 win over Hull last season or the 4-0 victory over Arsenal last August.
Brilliant video of The Klopp Effect
A Liverpool supporter has decided to compile some of Liverpool best attacking moments into a video that makes for delightful viewing.
It features clips from the 2017-18 season, showing Liverpool in full flow on the counter-attack or pressing teams high up the pitch.
Notice just how much Roberto Firmino features in the video.
If only Liverpool had a defence, eh?
The likes of Firmino, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are perfect in carrying out Klopp’s orders.
All four players are disciplined and work incredibly hard. That ensures they can continue to press throughout a 90-minute match.
And the hard-working spirit that flows through Klopp’s squad extends to the defence, too. Just check out this impressive clip of Andy Robertson hurrying Manchester City’s players down in the recent 4-3 win at Anfield.
Klopp has had to cope with the recent loss of Philippe Coutinho and he is fully aware that he can ill-afford to let his best players leave if Liverpool are to compete for the biggest trophies.
“It is not a big problem, but we can’t let it happen too often,” he said as he reflected on Coutinho’s move to Barcelona.
“Let me say it like this. We have to make it difficult for them to leave here.
“We have to create a situation where players want to stay.”
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