Jurgen Klopp is evidently a big fan of Toni Kroos. The Liverpool boss will try to stop the midfielder in the Champions League tomorrow.
Toni Kroos had a great game against Liverpool last week. It was his fantastic passing that split the Reds open in the first-half.
Liverpool just couldn’t press his hard enough and Kroos made them pay. He was able to surge passes into the channels, pull defenders about and create havoc, particularly in behind Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Real Madrid won the game 3-1, of course, with Kroos having that starring role. Liverpool will hope to overturn things at Anfield on Wednesday but that will mean stopping the German.
And Jurgen Klopp clearly thinks that’s a big ask.
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“Oh, one of the biggest talents in German football for a long, long, long time,” Klopp said of Kroos, per Liverpoolfc.com. “He is a great player since very early, he was really young.
“I’m not sure if you know Bernd Schuster – another German player who played quite successfully in Spain – he is a similar player but Toni is probably even more dynamic, quicker in all the things he’s doing. Maybe not a sprinter but quicker.
“A guy who is really difficult to defend because he can change the game from really deep areas and when he is higher up the pitch he still has the eye for a pass through the gap or for a proper finish from distance.
2So, yeah, nice package, to be honest.”
What RTK has to say
Kroos has been one of the best in the world for some time now. Liverpool certainly saw that last week.
There’s no secret to stopping him, though. You’ve got to press him hard and make sure he’s heading the other way.
Ideally, you push Real’s midfield as far back as possible, making it harder for Kroos – and Luka Modric – to create attacks.
That really is the answer to it all. It’s just near-impossible to do.
But that’s how it is against world-class players. They’re capable of incredible things and stopping them is a nightmare scenario.
Liverpool’s midfield must be at their best at Anfield, then. Otherwise, Kroos could tear the team apart as he did in Madrid.