The idea that Jurgen Klopp doesn’t have a Plan B is not a new one… according to the man himself!
At times this season, Liverpool have purred and looked the most exhilarating attacking force in the country, but on others we’ve looked bereft of ideas against stubborn defences – which has ultimately meant we’re fighting for a top four spot and not the Premier League title.
For every West Ham, Chelsea or Arsenal away, there’s been a Crystal Palace, Bournemouth or Southampton at home.
According to the boss, he’s working on fixing our problems day and night – but doesn’t believe it’s as simple as ‘developing a plan b’.
“We got used to how most opponents play against us. That’s not a problem. But this doesn’t mean that because of it we’ve changed our style that much. We still believe it’s right what we do. It worked out often enough,” Klopp told Kicker, translated by ESPN.
“We can’t change this. [It] also means an image which was already there in Germany [that Klopp does not have a Plan B] is transported to England. It just doesn’t affect us a bit because we have a thousand plans. We just need to live with it.
“Let’s look at the goals. We scored 75 and conceded 42. Alongside Manchester City we’ve scored the second-most goals, but sadly conceded a lot.
“You can add another stat: We are rarely outplayed before goals. As a classic possession-based team, we concede goals after classic counters when losing the ball or from set pieces or, what is even worse, from second balls after set pieces.
“We are working on it. If it were that easy, it would not happen by now.”
The idea of a Plan B is a myth, in our opinion. What truly good sides completely change their style to score a goal…? Real, Barca, Bayern; even Chelsea, don’t. They’re just very, very good at Plan A, and at times this term, we look like we’ve forgotten what Plan A even is.
Our primary goalscoring tactic involves mass energy, pressing off the ball, quick one-touch passing and overloading the box, which is easier said than done throughout a season which has seen our best players consistently sidelined.
If we get Champions League football, we’re sure Klopp will get the tools he needs to succeed, improve our defence and begin next term with a genuine chance of glory on different fronts.