Jurgen Klopp credits pre-season brainstorming for Liverpool’s scoring speed

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp attributed their record-breaking pace to pre-season brainstorming sessions aimed at enhancing their attacking advantage.

Win 4-1 on Wednesday Everton in the Merseyside derby setting a new pinnacle of scoring two or more goals in 18 consecutive games in all competitions.

43 of them Premier League Goals in 14 games are the best in Europe’s top five leagues, surpassing Bayern Munich’s tally by one, and their 25 goals from seven away games is the best of all. countries since Burnley in the period 1961-62.

Last season, the number 68 – a campaign they struggled with until the final two months – was the lowest profit margin in a full season under Klopp’s reign but not much has gone wrong with a frontline. The director can be proud of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Diogo Jota.

However, Klopp and the coaches analyzed what they were doing and looked for ways to improve.

“It is a thought process. What can we do? How can we increase the probability of winning in football games? ” he say.

“It’s a challenge for all of us and it’s the same challenge we had last season.

“I think we were in a good position that season after winning the league and then we lost important players (to injury). Can we do better? Maybe yes, maybe not.

“It doesn’t matter anymore but we realize how dependent we are on specific things.

It is a thought process. What can we do? How can we increase the probability of winning in football games

Jurgen Klopp

“You can change players but you can still follow your models and your philosophy and it will be fine.

“For us, that can’t happen anymore so we have to adapt. Over the past year, we’ve realized that in games we’ve run into problems that we didn’t have before.

“We were constantly in the same room together in pre-season. It was a long camp, and we had a lot of time to talk about it.

“Clearly the influence of Pep (Lijnders, assistant coach) and Vitor (Matos, development coach) is huge because they are outstanding football brains.

“Pete (Krawietz, assistant coach) is constantly thinking about how we can use what we have by analyzing things.

“If the players feel it is beneficial, that is very helpful, but you can only be creative in attack if you have a defensive guard. It’s not football for kids, it’s a constant process of finding that balance.”

Last season, without the defensive protection of three senior centre-backs Virgil Van Dijk, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip, who finished their campaigns in January, Liverpool struggled with filling midfielders. gap in defence until Klopp finally put his faith in rookies Nathaniel Phillips, Rhys Williams and loan signing Ozan Kabak.

Of those three, only Phillips is currently playing for the club (Williams is on loan at Swansea) but the fifth choice after signing Ibrahima Konate in the summer has been reduced to just 45 minutes. in the Carabao Cup against Preston and came off later against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League.

With opportunities continuing to be limited, he is likely to leave in January but he could still say his final farewell to AC Milan in next week’s deadly game in the San Siro.

Klopp raved about the player and offered a surprising comparison when it comes to his development.

“People often ask me which player has made the biggest improvements under my leadership, and I say Robert lewandowski “He added.

“Probably right, but not far away it was Nat Phillips, just in a completely different division.

Jurgen Klopp likened defender Nat Phillips’ progress to Robert Lewandowski’s progress under him at Borussia Dortmund (Sven Hoppe/DPA)

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“I remember the first time I saw Nat Phillips. I spoke to him after the game and he is one of the smartest players I have ever worked with.

“I told him, ‘You know I’m not the best looking right?’ but he’s improved quite a bit since then, and he’s not playing.

“Life isn’t fair sometimes and I can’t blame him. We can’t keep him forever, that’s clear.

“We needed him, just to be safe, for half a year. We will see what happens in the window.

“But his development is absolutely insane. I would sign him for any club but Liverpool because we have him. ” Jurgen Klopp credits pre-season brainstorming for Liverpool’s scoring speed


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