Jurgen Klopp has said he is ready to win ugly in order to bring silverware back to Liverpool’s neglected trophy cabinet.
Under the German coach, Liverpool have been one of the most exciting teams to watch in the Premier League, scoring a hat full of goals, but also being pretty leaky at the back, with the Reds having failed to win a trophy for over six years.
Back in January, Klopp splashed out £75 million to bring in Virgil van Dijk from Southampton, before spending another £68 million to land goalkeeper Alisson Becker in the summer as he tries to solve their defensive woes, and it seems to have worked.
The Anfield giants currently sit top of the Premier League having won all five of their opening games, although they haven’t seemed to quite click into their exciting style of play that they have been associated with in recent years, with a seemingly more patient approach being deployed.
However, speaking to the media ahead of Liverpool’s Premier League game against Southampton this afternoon, Jurgen Klopp has gone all Jose Mourinho by saying he wants to win games ugly:
“We really want to be the ugliest team to play against,” the German said.
“We didn’t win anything so far – not in the past and not this season – so let’s use the momentum and create a new momentum. That is the plan, and to do it with good football players.
“We don’t feel that [momentum] to be honest because we play, analyse, prepare; play, analyse, prepare and that is it.
“Maybe it’s because all the jobs are so difficult. There is no game where we have thought: ‘Thank God we have played them.’
“None of the results we have this season would have been possible without the greed you have seen or without the aggression you see. No chance.”
“The best news I have had in the last two weeks is how we have changed or reinvented again our defensive skills,” he added.
“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.”