Liverpool have become the most relentless, unstoppable side in Europe in recent seasons. The Reds have defined a style which has become indomitable and has drawn praise from experts the world over. Gary Neville has summed up Liverpool under Jürgen Klopp with one word: ‘risk’.
Gary Neville made his comments after Liverpool beat West Ham United on Monday Night.
The Reds went 2-1 down at Anfield before turning the game around, beating the Hammers 3-2.
It was yet another classic Liverpool comeback, although a touch less dramatic than we’ve become used to over the years – it was no Borussia Dortmund 2016.
Speaking to Sky Sports’ Monday Night Football after the game, Gary Neville praised Liverpool for their love of risk. When analysing Sadio Mane’s goal, he told the show:
“One major thing, [Trent Alexander-Arnold] plays with risk. Jürgen Klopp plays with risk. That’s what he’s installed at Liverpool, he’s given players the freedom to think. [Klopp says] ‘no, go and win the game’.”
What RTK has to say
Risk is the perfect word for Liverpool’s style at the minute.
As Gary Neville points out in his analysis, when the ball initially breaks, before Joe Gomez wins it back, a full back would usually be sprinting back to prevent a counter attack – Trent, however, holds his position high up the pitch – he takes a risk.
The Reds are allowed to take risks because of their defensive strength. Trent was able to stay up the pitch because he could rely on Joe Gomez to break up the possible counter attack.
With Liverpool themselves being deadly on the counter, these risks have paid off on a number of occasions this season and they will continue to do so as long as our defensive players maintain their telepathic levels of anticipations.