By Harvey Byrne
Emre Can has revealed that Liverpool work on their counter-pressing tactic “every day in training.”
Jurgen Klopp was renowned for playing a pressing tactic while at Borussia Dortmund and even termed his philosophy “Gegenpressing.”
He has continued the tactic with the Merseyside club, which is now reaping the rewards as they occupy second place in the Premier League table after 13 fixtures.
Now midfielder Can has revealed that it is one of Klopp’s primary focuses at the club, stating that the team work on it each training session.
“We work on this every day on the training field,” said Can to Sky Sports talking about the club’s tactic. “Everybody knows that we counter-press. When we lose the ball we look to win it back as soon as possible. But you can’t do it alone, you have to do it all together.
“If you see our performances from last year to this year, you can see that we have got better at it. It’s a key part of our game without the ball. But with it we have to control the game and dominate. I think we’re getting better at that every game. Everyone is working so hard.”
Klopp rose to fame during his seven-year stay with Borussia Dortmund between 2008 and 2015.
He managed to dethrone Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich twice for the league title in 2011 and 2012.
He has also enjoyed success while in charge of the Reds, taking the club to the Europa League final alongside the League Cup final during his 13-month reign.
His next aim will to be to bring some silverware to the club and Liverpool’s first ever Premier League title remains a realistic target this season.
The Reds will welcome Leeds in the EFL Cup on Wednesday before travelling to Bournemouth on Sunday for their next league fixture.
In other Liverpool news, Sky Sports pundit predicts the Reds clash against Leeds.