Every manager thinks their tactics are the best. The difference with Klopp is, his tactics probably are the best.
We live in a world of tired media cliches and easy sound bytes. In that world, Klopp tactics have merely been pigeonholed has high-pressing and high work rate.
But in a wonderful hour long interview with SkySports on their Monday Night Football show (cited via Echo), Klopp explained why he is such a firm believer in the ‘gegenpress’.
He was once quoted as saying ‘gegenpressing is the best playmaker’. Jamie Carragher asked him to explain his comments.
Here is what Klopp said:
“Think about the passes you have to make to get a player in a No 10 role in a position where he can play the genius pass. Counter-pressing lets you win back the ball nearer to the goal. It’s only one pass away from a really good opportunity. No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter pressing situation. That shows why it’s so important.”
How good is that?! How much sense does it make?!
Man Utd can keep their Pogba. Arsenal can keep their Ozil. We’ve got Klopp, and he makes all of our players absolute world beaters.
Long may it continue…!