Dejan Lovren claims that Jurgen Klopp’s training is different to former managers he’s worked under because he focusses entirely on the collective and not individuals.
The Croat has won a spot back in the German’s side, and in fairness, not done too much wrong during the five full games he’s played since Mamadou Sakho’s injury.
Under Brendan Rodgers he made a blunder practically every other match, and there’s probably not been a central defender in Liverpool’s Premier League existence who’s filled us with so little confidence. But in fairness, he’s slowly starting to pay back some of his £20m transfer fee now – in part thanks to his new manager.
“We are doing a lot of teamwork, not so much individual,” Lovren told the Echo.
“Maybe there is more one-to-one work with some of the young players but we will definitely look at things as a team.
“When he shows us footage or talks us through an exercise, he will look at it in terms of the whole team and explain how we need to do something specific or how – as a team – we need to do something better.
“Of course, you know when he is talking about you, but usually it’s within the context of the team.
“It’s a good thing and I think we can learn a lot from him as he has so much experience. He led Dortmund in many Champions League matches and also other big games, including finals, so he has experienced a lot.”
Tactically, Lovren also explained that Liverpool are defending differently – aiming to squeeze teams and take risks on the front foot rather than sit deep.
“We have changed things so that we are defending a little bit higher now. That gives a little bit more element of risk but it also means we are more compact as a unit,” he continued.
“We know that we can definitely improve, but I would say it is just a beginning with Jürgen as hopefully we have months and years with him in front of us.
“We are looking forward to working every day because we understand we can learn something new from him.”
Sakho’s out until Christmas, and it’ll be interesting to see what happens when the Frenchman, who has been our defender this season overall, returns. Lovren will feel hard done by to lose his place, as will stalwart Martin Skrtel – but Sakho undoubtedly deserves a place.