Former England manager Sam Allardyce has made some interesting comments regarding Jurgen Klopp’s tactics claiming Liverpool to be a team who enjoy their fair share of ‘long ball football‘.
Allardyce is notoriously documented for his direct style of play in his management, but the former Everton head-coach has become an admirer of how quickly the Reds can hurt teams from back-to-front at devestating speed.
Liverpool’s long-ball exploits were particularly devestating against their Merseyside rivals in the Premier League back in December after the league leaders were able to effectively break through Everton lines with lofted long-balls during their 5-2 victory.
And although Allardyce doesn’t feel it’s something that people comment on regarding Klopp’s style of play, he praises the German manager for utilising the skill so effectively.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with the Daily Mail, he said: “Liverpool play long ball very well indeed from right to left, and very quickly. But nobody will say Liverpool play long ball.
“You wouldn’t hear Martin Tyler saying it because it would be frowned upon.
“You’ve got to be careful about saying Liverpool play long ball. But that’s the way it is. They play long ball exceptionally well and better than anybody else. And that’s why they do it.”
What RTK has to say
To Allardyce’s credit, the former Blues boss is absolutely spot on with this one.
Liverpool are not just the best team in European football currently but are the most adaptable as well. The Reds have a whole host of formulas when breaking down teams and their ability to get the ball forward quickly and deploying their devestating attackers in behind defences.
Whilst Allardyce may be overlooking some of the Reds’ best technical operators such as Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Roberto Firmino whi are all comfortable with taking the ball in tight spaces whilst picking pockets and finding teammates.
However, the reality is when you have the pinpoint likes of Virgil van Dijk, Jordan Henderson and Trent Alexander-Arnold who are able to clip 60-yard passes with aplomb the option of long-ball almost becomes a formality.