Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has aimed a sly dig at Manchester United’s different approach while discussing the tactics ahead of his side’s clash against Watford on Monday.
The Reds will travel to Vicarage Road to take the Hornets in a must-win match that could see them consolidate of their top four hopes. Klopp who is weary of his defensive problems this seasons, has now claimed that playing a counter-pressing game like the rest of the top teams usually costs them goals, saying it is same for Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City except for Manchester United.
Jurgen Klopp said: ‘If you defend deep then you have a lot of legs and help around, that’s how it is. The first goal last week, this is not an excuse, but it can happen with a misjudgement and a counter-attack.
‘A centre-half for a top team is playing with a lot of space at the back. That’s how Tottenham act, how City act and sometimes how Arsenal act. Manchester United are for sure a bit different.
‘You have to involve a lot of players in offensive things usually, you cannot be offensive with just two players in a counter-attack when there are already eight from the other team in their own half or box. So of course it is more difficult.
‘If we go for a centre-half we need to know how he acts in big spaces, but on the other side centre-halves can feel pretty alone in certain moments if we don’t react the right way after losing the ball. That is why counter-pressing is a pretty useful skill.’