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 read more

International Cricket Council probes Hong Kong team, confident of clean World T20

first_imgCricket’s world governing body (ICC) said on Monday that its anti-corruption unit was probing the Hong Kong team but ruled out any match-fixing angle to its investigation.A day after ICC anti-corruption unit head Ronnie Flanagan revealed the case in Mumbai, the ruling body’s chief executive Dave Richardson provided more details.”In recent times you would have read in the media that a particular player was suspended from his country and the investigations relate to the same team,” Richardson told reporters.The governing body announced in January that Hong Kong all-rounder Irfan Ahmed had been suspended and charged with failing to disclose an approach from an individual.”We should not speculate that it involves or there’s any match-fixing or anything going on with particular players or a particular teams,” Richardson said.”Often we get our intelligence from players reporting various approaches that corrupt people make to them.”Hong Kong play the first match of the World Twenty20 on Tuesday against Zimbabwe in first-round Group B which also includes Afghanistan and Scotland.The pool winners will go into Super 10 Group 1 with England, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies.The ICC has done stellar work to shield players from full member nations against such approaches but “corrupt” individuals were finding new targets, Richardson said.”We are now finding that the corruptors are now focused on associate members, women’s teams etc etc. So we got to make sure the players from all the teams are very well educated, understand their responsibilities and would not get involved.”advertisement”Unfortunately, this is the world we are living. There are corrupt people all over the world, trying their best to get hold of players.”Cricket has been plagued by a number of corruption issues and a 2010 spot-fixing scandal resulted in bans and jail terms for Pakistan fast bowlers Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Amir, and former test captain Salman Butt.South African Richardson, however, is confident that the sixth World Twenty20, which starts on Tuesday, will not be affected by it.”I’m very confident that we’ll have a clean tournament,” he said.”I know that our anti-corruption unit has been working hand-in-hand with the law enforcement agencies and the police in India to make sure that any information is shared,” he said.”I’m very confident that the matches will be played in the correct spirit.”last_img read more