I have a plan, I’m not trying to kill my players – Klopp

I have a plan, I’m not trying to kill my players – Klopp

Jurgen Klopp admitted he was pleased
with Liverpool’s work-rate against Tottenham but
insists he expects his players to offer more than
simply a high pressing game.

The German’s first match in charge of the Reds saw
the club earn a credible 0-0 draw against
Tottenham at White Hart Lane, with Liverpool
getting plenty of plaudits for out-running their
opponents – the first team to do so this season.

Jamie Carragher spoke out after the game to say he
was impressed with the way had imposed his style
on Liverpool , but Klopp insists there was still plenty
of room for improvement – and working hard was
the minimum he expects of his players.

Speaking ahead of Thursday’s game against Rubin
Kazan in the Europa League, Klopp said: “The
Tottenham game was not perfect, but it was a step
in the right direction. “We are happy after this

“The biggest misunderstanding in my life is people
asking me if it’s possible to play like this [pressing].
“But this is just the start. You don’t have to run
150km, you just have to be prepared to.
“If you are not ready to run more than they do, then
you’re crazy.

“[This tactic – pressing high up the field] It’s the
biggest misunderstanding in my life. People always
ask me if it’s possible to play this style of football.
They asked me it at Dortmund and Mainz every

“You don’t have to play like this for 90 minutes. It’s
not always wild, it’s only the start. If you watched
Bayern v Arsenal, Bayern had 70 percent
possession and lost 2-0. Arsenal were defensive
and won the game.
“We have to have a plan. We have to be prepared, of
course we need healthy players but we don’t kill
the players. They are young, healthy professionals.”

Klopp was asked if he’s managing to get his
message across to the players and added: “I’m
pretty sure the players understand what I say. For
two reasons. It’s football, for one, and for the
players from foreign countries it is easier for them
to understand me.

“If the English players don’t understand me they
should give me a sign. It’s not too complicated what
I have to say.

“The most difficult situations are in press
conferences – but I don’t care about press
conferences! If you don’t understand me, no

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