Liverpool Boss Jurgen Klopp Slams Questions Over Tactics
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has hit out at claims that his side were too rigid and lacked a plan B.
The German manager, who was earlier criticized for not having a ‘Plan B’ has now accentuated that Liverpool certainly has one.
The German has been questioned over his tactics during the season, with his side having fallen out of Premier League title contention after a poor start to 2017.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss Klopp has drawn criticism over his tactics after Liverpool crashed out of the race for the Premier League title after a poor run of results in 2017.
Liverpool are now on a six-match unbeaten run and sit third in the league table. And ahead of their Premier League clash with West Brom on Sunday, Klopp accentuated that he is tired of answering to questions whether he has chalked out alternative plans for his side.
Klopp said: “If somebody speaks to me about plan A or plan B, I don’t really understand this. It was never the case – actually I lose a bit of respect if people say things like this.”
“In this season we had a lot of possession and won games against teams like Hull and Leicester. Brilliant football, was not the highest intensity, pressing or whatever. It was football at its best or whatever.”
“When you go back and look at my teams with [Borussia] Dortmund in 2012 or 2013 it was not all pressing and counter-pressing, we played football and won games and all that stuff. This season [we lost] not because we didn’t have a plan B but it was about having difficulties in different games.”
Liverpool will offer their prayers and pay tribute to the 96 people who lost their lives in the Hillsborough tragedy on Saturday – the 28th anniversary of the disaster.
Klopp said: “We will mark the occasion as a team. I know, at the wish of the families, this is the first year where the service doesn’t take place at Anfield.”
“There is a memorial at Melwood with the names of the 96 people who lost their lives. We, as a team, will pause, show our respect and remember them.”
“Their story will always be our story.”