Sam Allardyce told talkSPORT that Jurgen Klopp’s changes to his pressing philosophy have a lot to do with the German’s recent success.
Liverpool finished second in the Premier League last season after picking up 97 points and won the Champions League after making it to the final for the second consecutive season.
This success is directly linked to the changes Klopp and his coaching staff made to the geggenpressing style of play they have employed since he arrived at the club in 2015.
“Personally, I hope he’s learnt his lesson [from] when he first came [to Liverpool], because he did that pressing job and he got about 8 to 10 injuries,”Allardyce told talkSPORT [24/07; 08:13]:
“I think when you train at a high intensity and play at a high intensity you’re going to burn players out. I was speaking to Sir Alex about this at his golf do.”
If you breeze past his shameless name dropping, it’s clear that the former West Ham and Everton manager is actually spot on as Liverpool’s pressing has been a lot less intensive over the last 20 months.
When the German first joined Liverpool, he had his side playing at 100 miles an hour and relied on his front line to score goals and prevent opposition sides from attacking from the back.
Now that he has been able to invest in strong defenders, he no longer needs his forwards to exhaust their energy on pressurising back lines as much and instead employs a counter-press that is triggered in certain situations.
This kind of tactical system allows Liverpool to contain sides like Manchester City and Barcelona and ensures that they can’t build dangerous attacks from deep.