Klopp gambled with 2-5-3 line-up but Spurs could not deal with their pressing

first_imgJURGEN KLOPP is prepared to balance risk and reward in his quest to bring the Premier League title to Liverpool.The Reds had a whopping 68 per cent possession against Tottenham, a team that aims to challenge for the top four come the end of the season.3 Jurgen Klopp is getting his tactics spot on in the title raceCredit: AFP or licensors3But Liverpool’s ambition to win the match at Anfield can be shown by their average position yesterday.When you look at the positions below, the league leaders played a 2-5-3 formation but, crucially, committed eight players in the opposition half.Liverpool’s high press means they have more joy in winning the ball back higher up the pitch and, therefore, create more goalscoring opportunities.Yes, that ambition can also lead to Klopp’s side leaving themselves vulnerable to counter-attacks down the sides of both centre-backs Dejan Lovren and Virgil van Dijk.But Kop boss Klopp is prepared to take that calculated risk.Liverpool are relentless in their pressing game and ready to take the game to the opposition to take three points.The reason they win the ball back quickly is because it’s a collective press.It’s not just Roberto Firmino or Mo Salah who presses, it’s the whole team.I have said this before but what makes Liverpool and Manchester City so good at the moment is their unbelievable work rate and pressing when they lose the ball.most read in footballTHROUGH ITRobbie Keane reveals Claudine’s father was ’50-50′ in coronavirus battleTOP SELLERGavin Whelan has gone from League of Ireland to David Beckham’s InstagramExclusiveRIYAD RAIDMan City’s Riyad Mahrez has three luxury watches stolen in £500,000 raidPicturedAN EYEFULMeet Playboy model and football agent Anamaria Prodan bidding to buy her own clubI SAW ROORodallega saw Rooney ‘drinking like madman’ & Gerrard ‘on bar dancing shirtless’NEXT STEPJonny Hayes set to move to English Championship having been let go by CelticREF RELEASEDChampions League ref Vincic released by cops after arrest in prostitution raidKEANE DEALEx Man United youth ace David Jones says Roy Keane negotiated a contract for himREF RAIDChampions League ref Vincic ‘arrested in raid into drugs and prostitution ring’STIR IT UPBohemians post cryptic response to FIFA promoting a jersey with Bob Marley on itAnd because of the number of Liverpool players in Tottenham’s half, it means Mauricio Pochettino’s side only have two main options if they want to combat that press.The first option is to go back to their goalkeeper, Paulo Gazzaniga, while the second is to play a hurried pass and allow Liverpool to regain possession.Klopp’s system overloads in the opposition half and that forces mistakes. It is why Liverpool are very difficult to play against.Twitter: @Higginbotham053 Klopp’s overload system are making them extremely difficult to play againstCredit: ReutersPochettino assesses his team’s performance after 2-1 loss to Liverpoollast_img

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