Liverpool have conquered world football in recent years and they have done so by playing an intense brand of football. Jürgen Klopp has become the most successful exponent of the gegenpressing system. The approach runs right through the club; the Liverpool U23s pressed high against Manchester United and it worked to great effect.

Liverpool U23s pressed high against Manchester United and it worked to great effect.

Liverpool U23s pressed high against Manchester United and it worked to great effect. (Photo by Manchester United/Manchester United via Getty Images)

Liverpool press

The Liverpool press has become one of the most feared tactics in football today.

The Reds have become famous for their ability to hound the opposition when they have the ball.

Pressing from the very front of the side has become a hallmark of Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool with Roberto Firmino often noted for his ability to unsettle opposition.

Liverpool academy press

It is only natural that the Liverpool academy try to press like the senior side does.

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These players are being primed for first team action in the future, if they’re ever going to break into the first team they’ll need to know how to operate in the system.

As a result, the academy tries to mimic the style of the first team, from the combination of patient build ups and direct counter attacks, to the intense pressing mentality.

Liverpool U23s v Man United U23s

Last week we saw Liverpool U23s batter their North West rivals Manchester United 5-3.

Aside from the score line, what will have pleased Jürgen Klopp the most was the way the side pressed.

The Reds’ stormed into an early two goal lead thanks to two instances of relentless pressing in the opposition half.

On two occasions the young Reds won the ball in the opponent’s final third, going on to slice the defence apart.

This is precisely what the youngsters need to be doing if they are going to break into the first team, they need to be relentless when out of possession, this resounding victory showcased this relentlessness.

Luis Longstaff in particular looked sharp and determined, capping off the scoring when he seized on a loose ball from the United goalkeeper in the second half.

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