Liverpool produced a scintillating performance to thrash Manchester City 4-1 at the Etihad Stadium on Saturday evening, and Jurgen Klopp’s influence was stamped all over the emphatic victory.
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The self-titled ‘gegenpressing’ tactic that Klopp engrained on his brilliant Borussia Dortmund team was evident from the first whistle as the Reds worked together to deny City players time and space.
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Here, Emre Can leads the charge and is supported by full-back Alberto Moreno pushing high up the pitch, and attackers Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho moving across to strengthen the numbers.
Liverpool swamped the Citizens like this on countless occasions, winning the ball and then countering to devastating effect as Coutinho and Roberto Firmino inspired them to a memorable triumph.
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That is ‘gegenpressing’ in a snippet, and an encouraging sign that Liverpool are both collectively and individually adapting to Klopp’s high-octane style only six weeks into his arrival on Merseyside.
Victory took the Reds into the top half of the Premier League table and within six points of the top four. Yesterday’s performance and result is an indicator that Liverpool should be even closer come May.
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