Liverpool have more often than not beaten teams this season with their explosive attacking style of football alone yet the hunger and the determination of the players is something that has also played a part in helping Jurgen Klopp’s men.
As much as the German manager is delighted by the aggression and desire his men are showing on the pitch, it seems that he is more interested in seeing his side use the ball in the entertaining and exciting way that he demands.
Klopp has recognised Liverpool’s 4-2 away win over Crystal Palace in October as a good example of his team demonstrating this kind of fight.
In an interview with the Liverpool Echo’s James Pearce, he said: “We were really good. I’d say that we played adult football. In the second half when anything could have happened we took the control back.”
“What we really have to learn is that our weapon is football. We are a football playing side. That sounds a little bit like we cannot fight.”
“That’s wrong because part of football playing is fighting but our real weapon which is absolutely difficult to defend against is football.”
“If we play simple and quick as often as possible then it’s difficult for anyone to jump in. It’s like what happened to Everton in the second half of the derby. It wasn’t that they didn’t want to fight any more, they didn’t have enough players to avoid our passes.”
“It’s about staying in the game like that and then scoring a wonderful goal. Absolutely perfect.”
Liverpool’s style of play is already hard enough for opposition sides to have to deal with but the combination of this with the intensity Klopp has implemented has seen the Reds truly punish teams on more than one occasion this season.
If things aren’t going to plan with the ball, the boss has the characters at his disposal capable of playing in scrap and coming out on top.
The game at Selhurst Park against Palace could have gone so differently after a nervy defensive error and a cheaply conceded goal yet the players came together and responded exactly in the way we wanted them to.