Sunday saw Liverpool go nine points clear of the Premier League champions and eight points clear of their nearest challengers. The Reds beat Manchester City 3-1 in a game that could decide the fate of the English top flight title for this season. Sunday had a greater significance than the impact it had on the league table; the weekend’s win proved that Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are one of the modern era’s definitive sides.
The beginning of the millennium was defined by Pep Guardiola’s Barcelona. The Spanish side’s tiki-taka style was indomitable for years. Guardiola’s combination of sustained possession and quick, short passing was a delight to watch and led to great success both in Spain and in Germany.
Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool are the next definitive side of the modern era. When football historians look back on this period of the game, the Reds’ German gaffer will come in for heaps of praise. It is important to preface Jürgen’s success with the fact that he has a net spend of £67.5m at Liverpool.
The German has brought a new brand of football to the pinnacle of the game. Gegenpressing, a mixture of direct and fluid attacks and a revolution of the full back position have secured Klopp’s place in history.
Sunday was the perfect example of what makes this Liverpool side so historic. The visitors had the lion’s share of possession and they had more shots. However, whilst the Reds had only 12 shots in comparison to City’s 18, the hosts had five on target (scoring three) in comparison to the Blues’ three.
Out of possession Gini Wijnaldum and Jordan Henderson didn’t give Guardiola’s men a moment’s rest. City were forced into mistakes, they weren’t as productive as usual in possession.
When we were on the ball our full backs showed that they are unlike any other in world football. They aren’t attacking defenders, they are playmakers, they are a creative threat. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson’s link up for our second goal is testament to how dynamic our wing backs have become. They have revolutionised the full back position.
Liverpool hounded their opposition, they were impassable in defence and they were lethal on the break. Sunday was a trademark Jürgen Klopp performance. Sunday proved that this Liverpool team are one of the modern era’s definitive sides.