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Klopp discusses the importance of Liverpool’s ‘counter-press’

Jurgen Klopp discussed the tactical tweak that helped Liverpool return to form by beating Bournemouth 3-0 at the weekend. 

Following consecutive draws in the Premier League, the Reds rediscovered the winning formula against an underwhelming Cherries side, who suffered their eighth away defeat in a row.

The win did not restore Liverpool’s lead at the top of the table for long, as Man City’s 6-0 defeat of Chelsea meant the reigning champions meant they pushed even further ahead on goal difference with an extra game played.

Regardless of the scoreline it was an important performance for the team, who counter-pressed with the kind of energy that was missing in their recent encounters with West Ham and Leicester City, according to Klopp.

“We wanted to make life as difficult as possible for them – and that’s what we did,” the German manager told liverpoolfc.com.

“Our counter-press, after a couple of weeks’ break, was there 100 per cent. That’s what we wanted to show, that we are a team who are able to play really good football but if we lose the ball we must be different to all teams in the world.

“We have to show that. That’s what brought us to the position we are in and is what we have to keep. We lacked that a little bit in the last couple of games. It was 100 per cent back.”

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