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Klopp: Defence is the basis for success

Jurgen Klopp has toned down the Gegenpressing and opted for a more stable approach, saying that defence can help Liverpool succeed

It was only 14 months ago that Liverpool’s defense was one of the running jokes in European football.

Everyone knew Klopp’s team were a great attacking force but when they came under pressure at the other end they normally conceded and conceded a lot.

Thanks to the signing of Virgil van Dijk, Andy Robertson and Alisson Becker along with the development of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, Liverpool now boast the meanest defensive unit in the Premier League.

In his recent interview, Klopp admitted that his team had reached the point where something simply had to be done to shore things up at the back.

“We had to develop things and we had to put the focus a bit more on defence,” Klopp told Sky Sports.

“I always think about how to win and defence is the basis for all of it.”

Of course, once Liverpool’s defensive issues were fixed the media then began to highlight how the Reds were far more reserved in their approach as a result.

“In the moment when the defence is not good everyone says you need to fix it,” said Klopp.

“The moment you fix it, everybody says, yeah, but what about the rest of it? It is always like this.”

 

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