WIN!! Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he didn’t want to ‘humiliate’ Bournemouth in 9-0 win


Klopp is a notable proponent of Gegenpressing, a tactic in which the team, after losing possession of the ball, immediately attempts to win back possession, rather than falling back to regroup. Klopp has stated that a well-executed counter-pressing system can be more effective than any playmaker when it comes to creating chances.

Commenting on his pressing tactics, Klopp said that “The best moment to win the ball is immediately after your team just lost it. The opponent is still looking for orientation where to pass the ball. He will have taken his eyes off the game to make his tackle or interception and he will have expended energy. Both make him vulnerable”.

The tactic requires great amounts of speed, organisation and stamina, with the idea of regaining possession of the ball as far up the pitch as possible in order to counter possible counter-attacks. It also requires high levels of discipline: The team must be compact to close down spaces for the opponent to thread passes through, and must learn when to stop pressing to avoid exhaustion and protect from long balls passed into the space behind the pressing defence.

Despite Klopp’s pressing tactics resulting in a high attacking output, his Liverpool side was criticised at times for its inability to control games and keep clean sheets. However, Klopp developed his tactics to incorporate more possession based football and more midfield organisation, as well as overseeing the transfers of Alisson, Virgil Van Dijk, Naby Keïta and Fabinho ahead of the 2018–19 season which saw Liverpool achieve their best league start in the club’s history, and equal the all-time record for the fewest goals conceded at the mid-point of a top-flight season, conceding just 7 goals and keeping 12 clean sheets.[

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he didn’t want to “humiliate” Bournemouth after his team’s Premier League record-equalling 9-0 victory on Saturday.

Klopp had called for a reaction from his side after being held to draws against Fulham and Crystal Palace as well as a defeat to Manchester United on Monday.

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Responding, Liverpool netted five goals in the first half — including two in the first 10 minutes of the match — and topped it off with four more goals in the second half, with six players on the scoresheet.

“We scored wonderful goals. The game settled and we kept scoring. It was about keep going,” Klopp said after the match.

“Not to humiliate Bournemouth, we couldn’t respect them more. It’s about putting the opponent under pressure.

“I could bring on the kids, they deserve it so much. Harvey [Elliott] is a special player, wonderful goal. Everything was perfect pretty much.”

The result leaves Liverpool eighth in the table after they picked up just two points from their first three fixtures.

Liverpool will face Newcastle, who are undefeated so far this season, on Wednesday evening.

“It’s important to get it off the chest and play football. Wednesday [against Newcastle] will be different,” Klopp added.

“Today the mix of great weather and fantastic football, we don’t have that often at Liverpool, so we should cherish it.

“At least we don’t have to answer the question anymore [about not winning]. A really good day for us. We won’t get carried away.

“If we want to be successful in this league, we have to show consistency. That’s what we have to do now. That used to be our strength. We’ll watch Newcastle tomorrow and see what we can do against them.