Jurgen Klopp says Liverpool’s first goal against Inter Milan was straight from the training ground.
Klopp was speaking to the press after the game via liverpoolfc.com. The manager highlighted the work done by assistant manager Peter Krawietz and his analysts in the lead up to the game.
“Pete Krawietz and our analysts are responsible for that,” said Klopp.
“When we do the analysis, we obviously see how the opponent is defending – everybody is doing that – and we didn’t have a lot of time to train, but yes we trained set-pieces yesterday.”
It’s interesting that without a lot of time to train, Liverpool settled on practicing set-pieces.
Despite being a real threat from them, it isn’t necessarily something you associate with this Liverpool team.
However, the plan clearly worked. Both of The Reds goals last night game as a result of set-pieces.
The first of which was a clearly orchestrated routine. As most of The Reds players bunched on the left hand side of the box, Roberto Firmino peeled from his marker to make a near-post run.
Andy Robertson’s corner was met perfectly by the Brazilian, who steered a glancing header into the net.
Obviously you can have a brilliant plan on paper but it still has to executed. Liverpool are lucky to have players who have the tactical intelligence and composure of the likes of Robertson and Firmino.
Klopp knows that better than anyone. But he still gave credit to the staff behind the scenes for their part in the goal.
“That was the only proper thing we did in training; a bit of tactical stuff, but without intensity and set-pieces you cannot train without intensity because one has to shoot and the other guys have to run,” continued Klopp.
“So, yes, it’s all credit to Pete and his boys.”
What is Krawietz’s role
Krawietz has been a trusted lieutenant of Klopp’s since his days managing Mainz 05 in Germany.
The 50-year-old is nominally one of the manager’s assistants. But whereas Pep Lijnders tends to be a more visible presence by the manager’s side, Krawietz’s background is more on the analytics side of things.
He did make a rare appearance in public earlier this year. As Liverpool were hit with a number of positive Covid tests, Krawietz sat in for Klopp during the pre-match press conference against Shrewsbury Town in the FA Cup in January.
Krawietz is clearly exceptional at what he does. He has been a silent but major part in Liverpool’s success over recent years.