Liverpool boss Klopp aims another subtle dig at Man Utd tactics

Date published: Friday 17th January 2020 2:10

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp insists games against Manchester United have been “strange” recently, harking back to previous years when “both teams try to win it”.

After the 1-1 draw with United earlier in the season Klopp criticised Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s tactics, claiming they “only defend”.

Solskjaer insisted he took Klopp’s comments “as a compliment”, and the German boss claimed it was “not a criticism”, but reaffirmed his views.

“I don’t know about results but in games with United and Liverpool, there have been good times for both.” Klopp said.

“Not always one clear fave. Both teams try to win it. Last two years away games were strange. I don’t know if I said United always defend but I probably did. True.

“Against Spurs we had 80% possession after 70 mins, that is not normal. I don’t say [Man Utd] only counter-attack and it is not a criticism just a description.

“I think the majority of the time we face teams who set up [defensively]. We always try to dominate and be creative and offensive. It only works if we use the full size of the pitch. It makes you vulnerable when lose it so we have to make sure we don’t lose it.

“The better the team and players the more important it is to focus on this. We have analysed all the games. How can we know how they will set up? The difference between playing at Old Trafford and Anfield is massive, we have to show that. It’s a football game.

 

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