Liverpool reminded me of Dortmund at their best, says Mark Lawrenson

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Mark Lawrenson believes Liverpool's performance against Manchester City was like "watching Borussia Dortmund at their best."

The Reds fired four past Manuel Pellegrini's men on Saturday evening to seal a first league victory at the Etihad since 2008.

Since Jurgen Klopp took the helm at Anfield last month, he's been keen to implement the high-pressing style that stewarded Dortmund to win back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.


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Liverpool hunted in packs against City, with their first two goals coming from forced mistakes from a Blue shirt due to a significant amount of pressure.

And Lawrenson admits he was highly impressed with the Merseyside outfit in their 4-1 victory in Manchester.

Full of praise

"There's only one way to describe Liverpool's emphatic win at the Etihad yesterday," the Football Focus pundit wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

"They played like Borussia Dortmund at their best under Jurgen Klopp.

"It is remarkable how quickly the Reds have embraced the German's methods. And it's remarkable how quickly they have proven effective in the two biggest games of his reign.

"We were, to be quite frank, absolutely brilliant.

"By picking a team, as at Stamford Bridge, without a recognised striker, Klopp raised a few eyebrows.

"It had worked of sorts against Chelsea. But it was far, far too much for City's defenders to handle.

"They didn't know who to mark. And we just kept picking them off.

"With a false number nine and the famed 'gegenpressing' harassing City out of their stride, it is clear that Klopp's methods really work.

"It only comes off if the movement and awareness of the midfielders is top notch. And it was absolutely outstanding."

New Lease Of Life

Klopp has completely reversed Liverpool's fortunes since he took charge.

In the latter stages of Brendan Rodgers' spell at Anfield, things began to get stale and performances from many were distinctly uninspiring.

Whether it was the Northern Irishman's tactics or his management off-field, there was a lack of identity about the team in general and they struggled to get results.

Things are quite the opposite under Klopp. There is passion, commitment and exuberance being shown from every individual and all are playing towards the high-pressing system.

Some doubted how flair players such as Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana would fit into the gegenpressing formula.

Both may have appeared on the T.V. advertising Nivea for Men products, but were far from reluctant to get their hands dirty. The pair left all on the field and their work ethic was faultless.

Coutinho sprinted to close down and steal the ball off Bacary Sagna which led to Liverpool's first. Adam Lallana registered four blocks, two interceptions and won 20% of his challenges against City.

The pair were greatly greeted by their boss and both seemingly have their swagger back, Lallana in particular.

Firmino class

Roberto Firmino never showed his true colours under Rodgers due to a mixture of a lack of confidence and shortage of minutes on the pitch.

However, the Brazil international has been granted plenty of faith by Klopp and he's taken the bull by both horns.

Firmino was brilliant against the hosts. Although he's fairly used to the high-intensity style of the Bundesliga, his work-rate was at a different level on Saturday.

Firmino's persistence saw him steal the ball off Martin Demichelis and he got his head up to find his compatriot Coutinho free inside the box, who doubled Liverpool's lead.

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