Jurgen Klopp has outlined that there are a few clear rules that they have at Liverpool that directly impacts on the cultural impact that the German wants at the club heading into the future, which can be scary reading for those aiming to rival the Merseyside powerhouses.
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The Reds are, of course, only two wins away from winning their “first Premier League” title, having one their last top-flight trophy 30 years ago. Thus, with the resumption of the Premier League set to get underway in a matter of weeks following the recent global crisis, it seems now was the perfect time to remind his players of what is expected, regardless the level they are currently playing at.
“We have a few clear rules how we want to play, how we want to defend, where we want to defend, where we want to pass,” Klopp tells Western Union in an interview via the club’s official website.
“It’s not that we have a book and give it to read it, then you know it. These are the kinds of things; how lively are we? How positive? How brave? Absolutely important for the boys, through all the ranks and through all the teams.
“Is a 10-year-old too young for it? I’m not an expert. It’s not that intense actually, it’s just a specific way. But 17, 18, 19, 20 you are for sure old enough and that’s exactly the moment.
“My dream was always that we can play in any random shirt but if you watch us playing you say, ‘Ah, that’s Liverpool.’ The identity is that clear that everybody would say ‘Oh, that’s Liverpool.’ That’s what we try.”
Liverpool’s style of play is synonymous with them as they continue to take the professional game by storm with their ability on the pitch.
The likes of Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have been nothing but sensational when it comes down to finding the back of the net on a consistent basis as they have bagged 59 goals between them.
It’s not just at the business end of the field where that identity is clear throughout, though, with the defence more than doing their own job and deserving their own recognition.
A defence that largely consists of Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andrew Robertson, Joe Gomez and Joel Matip with shot-stoppers Alisson Becker and Adrian have only conceded 21 goals in their 29 top-flight matches so far – four fewer than the next best, which happens to be surprise outfit Sheffield United with 25.
One shock defeat to Watford at Vicarage Road is perhaps the only negative on Klopp’s side this season in a year that has built on the back of the previous campaign’s highly impressive performances.
Coming second in the Premier League with a record total 97 points will have likely spurred the Reds on further to make sure they go the distance this year, whilst the Champions League win against fellow English side Tottenham Hotspur will have helped to fuel the hunger to continue winning some of the game’s biggest trophies that are on offer.
It can be rather scary to think just how good Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool can become in the future as well, if they are to keep up with what they are trying to achieve.
With some of the finest talents that Germany has seen in recent years in Kai Havertz and Timo Werner being linked with switches to Anfield in the near future, there is no doubt they would be able to buy into the rules that the manager wants his players to follow and help the Reds dominate the game for future years to come.