3 key selection decisions for Jurgen Klopp against Tottenham

25.08.2016 Henry Jackson

Liverpool face a tough-looking trip to Tottenham on Saturday lunchtime, and Jurgen Klopp has a number of selection decisions to make ahead of the game.

It has been a predictably inconsistent start to the season by the Reds, and this weekend’s showdown in north London feels absolutely crucial.

The wretched 2-0 defeat to Burnley last weekend ruined all the hard work that went into beating Arsenal 4-3, and another loss on Saturday would be a big blow so early in the season.

Liverpool cannot afford to be losing touch with the rivals this early in the campaign, but that could easily happen if they are not careful.

With Man City, Man United and Chelsea all likely to make it three wins out of three this weekend, being six points adrift by Sunday night doesn’t bear thinking about.

Klopp has some important calls to make on Saturday, in terms of his starting line-up, and we look at the three that stand out the most.

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Klopp’s strategy can leave full-backs vulnerable

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Jurgen Klopp’s pressing style of play and high-attacking philosophy can leave Liverpool’s full-back in a vulnerable position if the whole team does not execute the strategy perfectly.

Alberto Moreno has come under huge criticism recently due to a string of mistakes in Liverpool’s opening fixture against Arsenal, following on from a number of poor performances last season. It’s fair to say the left-back has been inconsistent in his displays and has made a number of errors which have put the Reds in bad positions but the blame on the young defender for goals conceded isn’t entirely fair.

Klopp's strategy can leave full-backs vulnerable

It’s important to first address the style of play and philosophy Jurgen Klopp has brought to Anfield. He demands high intensity and the ‘Gegen-pressing’ strategy where his players push high up the field, squeeze out the space for the opposition and try to break down their possession. When Liverpool are in possession of their own, he expects his players to automatically switch mentality to that of an attacker, no matter what position on the pitch you hold. Therefore, if Liverpool have possession in the defensive third, Klopp expects them to maintain possession and look for the next form of attack.

This system proved highly effective at Borussia Dortmund and played to the strengths of the players available. Marco Rues and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang have bags of pace and they played a dynamic role within the system at Dortmund. When the German side regained possession, the fast-paced attackers were quick to move into space, make runs in behind the defenders and were extremely effective on the high-pressing counter attack. Similar players are available for Klopp at Liverpool. Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Sadio Mane have the ability to make dynamic runs out wide, behind the defence and through the middle and each of them have great pace. Origi in particular plays in a similar style to Reus and the Belgian winger has already proved he works well under Klopp and in a system, which when firing on all fronts, benefits him greatly.

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7 days, 7 potential issues facing Jurgen Klopp in final week of transfer window

25.08.2016 Jack Lusby

As Jurgen Klopp enters the final week of the summer transfer window, the Liverpool manager still has a number of potential issues to finalise.

Back at the start of the summer, Klopp explained how he was looking to seal the majority of his transfer business before his squad reconvened at Melwood on July 2nd.

Most of his seven signings were acquired early, but there is still work to do as he looks to reshape a Liverpool side capable of challenging at the top end of the Premier League.

The transfer window closes next Wednesday, leaving Liverpool with just one week left to finalise dealings in the market.

Here are seven potential issues Klopp could consider over the next seven days.

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Report claims Liverpool FC talks ongoing over investment from China Everbright

on 25.08.2016

Following contrasting reports over a potential investment into Liverpool from a Chinese consortium, a deal is said to be “in discussion.”

The state-backed group, China Everbright, were reported to be preparing an offer for a “substantial shareholding” in the club last week.

This came after LFC chairman Tom Werner stressed that “the club is not for sale,” but “we could look at some small investment stake in the club.”

FSG would only consider a deal “under the right conditions and absolutely with the right partner.”

Some reports later claimed that Everbright’s interest was not genuine but Inside World Football now claims a deal is “in discussion.”

“The proposed £800 million acquisition is very much alive,” writes Paul Nicholson, who adds “it is understood that the proposal has been made by Everbright and received by the owners.”

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Spurs v Liverpool: Key Battles

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The demons of the Burnley defeat are still around, but Liverpool did well in avoiding a potential banana skin in the EFL Cup against Burton with a resounding win. It gets a lot tougher for the Reds over the weekend, with a visit to White Hart Lane, a ground on which we’ve seen some crazy highs and crushing lows.

Spurs have made a sluggish start to the season, opening with a draw against Everton and an unconvincing win against Palace, where they had most of the play but failed to take the tons of chances that they created.

For Liverpool, it is about getting back on track in the league after the disappointing performance at Turf Moor, which  followed the exhilarating win against Arsenal.

Spurs v Liverpool Key Battles

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Here are some individual battles that could be key in deciding the ultimate outcome.

Harry Kane v Dejan Lovren

Kane hasn’t scored yet in the league. And whoever partners him, Joel Matip or Ragnar Klavan, Lovren is expected to be the leader of our back line (How I struggled to type that!). Lovren has been a victim of Kane’s clinical finishing already, in April, when he was having a quiet game only to end up scoring Spurs’ equalizer after turning Lovren inside out. With Vincent Janssen still adjusting to the Premier League, Kane has to bear the bulk of the goal-scoring responsibility. For Lovren and the Liverpool defense, it has been a woeful start as we have conceded five goals in our two Premier League games so far. It is important with the way that we play our attacking football the centre-backs can stand tall, and Lovren will have a huge role to play against Spurs.

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Jurgen Klopp: “I would like to celebrate something each season over the next six years”

on 25.08.2016

Jurgen Klopp has highlighted his ambitions for the next six years as Liverpool manager, targeting genuine success each season.

The German signed a new six-year deal with the club in July, which will keep him on Merseyside until at least 2021.

This contract underlines both Klopp’s commitment, and that of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group, with Tom Werner recently saying there was “an understanding on both sides about our future together.”

While the start to Liverpool’s 2016/17 campaign has been mixed, with a 2-0 defeat to Burnley in the Premier League sandwiched by a 4-3 victory over Arsenal and a 5-0 win away to Burton Albion in the League Cup, Klopp’s presence remains a hugely positive factor.

This is magnified by the knowledge that, in Klopp’s title-winning campaign with Borussia Dortmund in 2011/12, his side lost three of their first six games, improving significantly after.

That season, Dortmund also sealed the DFB-Pokal cup, and speaking to BBC Sport as 2016/17 kicks off, Klopp stressed how he was hoping for similar success over the next six season.

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Jurgen Klopp Must Find Consistency or Liverpool Will Continue to Flounder

By , Featured Columnist Aug 25, 2016

Jurgen Klopp Must Find Consistency or Liverpool Will Continue to Flounder

It didn’t take long for the optimism Liverpool might have felt after the opening weekend of the season to fade.

It could be argued that the Reds were unlucky to be beaten at Burnley, that when you have 26 shots to three you’re unlikely to lose the game, but the fact is that they lost, and worse, it felt like they had lost from the moment Andre Gray added the second eight minutes before half-time.

And while it might have gone down in history as the first game lost by a side in the Premier League having had at least 80 per cent possession, it’s still not the sort of result a side with ambitions of mounting a title challenge can afford.

In light of what followed, doubts emerged about the 4-3 victory away to Arsenal on the opening weekend. How good had Liverpool actually been? Yes, there was a stunning 20-minute spell after half-time when the Gunners wilted against the Reds pace (although the third goal, Philippe Coutinho’s second, was atypical—we’ll return to that), but in the first half the Reds had been poor and then stuttered late on.

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After the game, Klopp said of his team’s first-half display that they “did it at 50 per cent of being convinced about what we had to do.” His players, in a big game, couldn’t quite persuade themselves to press as high as he wanted them to press. In a big game, there lingered an innate sense of caution, a fear of leaving space behind them.

The result was that the press wasn’t compact enough, and Arsenal picked their way through the spaces. Klopp resolved that at half-time, and the problem late on—as he admitted—was an element of complacency after the fourth goal had gone in.

It’s easy to see why there was such positivity after that game. Liverpool had been brilliant for a spell, and the times when they were poor were fixable. What happened at Burnley is more concerning.

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