Jurgen Klopp has suggested that if teams on the continent played the defensive brand of football that many Premier League clubs choose to, stadiums would be completely empty!
He was making his comments ahead of Sunday’s clash with Manchester City, trying to explain what he and Pep Guardiola have had to adapt to – switching from Germany to England.
“Coming here, it’s the most difficult league in the world,” Klopp began. “It’s really difficult to become champions in England. In other countries it is difficult, here a win is everything. In other countries, if you played with other styles you would have an empty stadium.
“Everything is legal, the culture is different.”
What do you expect, Jurgen, small teams to play it out from the back, make it easy for you and thank you for the footballing lesson at the end?!
Of course they’re going to play physically and maximise their best attributes in an attempt to win. They don’t have our resources, our players and our skill – so good for them.
We imagine Klopp’s referring to sides like Burnley, Sunderland and Manchester United, who’ve played direct, ugly football against us this season – to irritatingly decent effect.
Klopp’s job this summer will be to find a solution to beating the so-called lesser sides, as our record against the top 10 is actually far better than the bottom ten. It’s not a fluke, it’s a stylistic issue we have against deep-lying defences and teams who counteract our first press with a long-ball.