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Jurgen Klopp announces plans to change Liverpool’s style



Jurgen Klopp has announced plans to make Liverpool “the ugliest team to play against” this season.

The German manager wants his side to become incredibly difficult to break down and to frustrate the opposition.

However, Klopp insists that whilst his team will work to grind out results they will do so by continuing to play “good football”.

Klopp on making Liverpool “the ugliest team to play against”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 18: Daniel Sturridge of Liverpool celebrates with team mates after scoring the first goal during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Liverpool and Paris Saint-Germain at Anfield on September 18, 2018 in Liverpool, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Speaking ahead of this afternoon’s clash with Southampton, Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his desire to be horrible to play against.

The German insists that playing good football remains very important for Liverpool, but wants the focus to be impossible to break down.

Klopp believes his side have demonstrated this with their defensive qualities against Tottenham Hotspur and Paris Saint-Germain.

Klopp stated:

“We really want to be the ugliest team to play against”

“That is the plan, and to do it with good football players.

“The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills.

“We didn’t need them too much in the first few games – it was not that we didn’t have to defend but they were different games.

“Against Tottenham and Paris I loved how we did it.

“We still played good football and that was a really big step in the season so far.”

Klopp’s ‘win at all costs’ mentality

LONDON, ENGLAND – SEPTEMBER 15: Roberto Firmino of Liverpool celebrates after scoring his team’s second goal with team mate Trent Alexander-Arnold during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool FC at Wembley Stadium on September 15, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Klopp’s comments appear to show a desire to become a totally ruthless side, which is a hallmark of many of the top teams.

Whilst there remains an emphasis on playing good football, Klopp appears to be prioritising a ‘win at all costs’ mentality.

Against Spurs particularity, whilst the Reds weren’t at their brilliant best they demonstrated incredible fragility which frustrated Mauricio Pochettino’s side.

Liverpool 4-3 Paris Saint-Germain

Liverpool’s hopes of advancing from Group C were given a massive boost on Tuesday as they defeated top-seed PSG.

Daniel Sturridge was handed his first Champions League start in six years and rewarded Klopp’s trust with a goal.

James Milner doubled the host’s lead, before goals from Thomas Meunier and Kylian Mbappe drew PSG level.

However, back from an eye injury and off the bench came Roberto Firmino.

The Brazilian kept his composure inside the penalty area to restore the Reds lead in the first minute of stoppage time.

Liverpool find themselves in a very strong position with SSC Napoli being held to a draw with Red Star Belgrade.


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