I have a plan, Iâ€™m not trying to kill my players â€“ Klopp
Jurgen Klopp admitted he was pleased
with Liverpoolâ€™s work-rate against Tottenham but
insists he expects his players to offer more than
simply a high pressing game.
The Germanâ€™s first match in charge of the Reds saw
the club earn a credible 0-0 draw against
Tottenham at White Hart Lane, with Liverpool
getting plenty of plaudits for out-running their
opponents â€“ the first team to do so this season.
Jamie Carragher spoke out after the game to say he
was impressed with the way had imposed his style
on Liverpool , but Klopp insists there was still plenty
of room for improvement â€“ and working hard was
the minimum he expects of his players.
Speaking ahead of Thursdayâ€™s game against Rubin
Kazan in the Europa League, Klopp said: â€œThe
Tottenham game was not perfect, but it was a step
in the right direction. â€œWe are happy after this
â€œThe biggest misunderstanding in my life is people
asking me if itâ€™s possible to play like this [pressing].
â€œBut this is just the start. You donâ€™t have to run
150km, you just have to be prepared to.
â€œIf you are not ready to run more than they do, then
â€œ[This tactic â€“ pressing high up the field] Itâ€™s the
biggest misunderstanding in my life. People always
ask me if itâ€™s possible to play this style of football.
They asked me it at Dortmund and Mainz every
â€œYou donâ€™t have to play like this for 90 minutes. Itâ€™s
not always wild, itâ€™s only the start. If you watched
Bayern v Arsenal, Bayern had 70 percent
possession and lost 2-0. Arsenal were defensive
and won the game.
â€œWe have to have a plan. We have to be prepared, of
course we need healthy players but we donâ€™t kill
the players. They are young, healthy professionals.â€
Klopp was asked if heâ€™s managing to get his
message across to the players and added: â€œIâ€™m
pretty sure the players understand what I say. For
two reasons. Itâ€™s football, for one, and for the
players from foreign countries it is easier for them
to understand me.
â€œIf the English players donâ€™t understand me they
should give me a sign. Itâ€™s not too complicated what
I have to say.
â€œThe most difficult situations are in press
conferences â€“ but I donâ€™t care about press
conferences! If you donâ€™t understand me, no
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