Klopp continuing to ignore Man City and tells Anfield what to
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp is continuing to ignore Manchester City – as he joked people should prepare for a “crossing championship” when the Premier League title rivals clash next week.
“I never thought for a second about the Man City game and the Aston Villa game together,” he said. “I was never thinking ‘we should win there because maybe we could lose next week’.
“I didn’t even ask about other Premier League results after our game. It’s not important. We play Genk (on Tuesday in the Champions League), and then we play Man City.
“Yes, it’s important (to win) at Aston Villa, the way they set up, it was really difficult. But we did it.
“Now we have to collect the bones and prepare for the next challenge against Genk.”
Both of Liverpool’s goals were from balls out wide, with the Reds and City this season averaging more than 25 crosses per game.
That is more significantly more than any other team in the Premier League, with the Reds’ total 25% up on their average for last term.
And Klopp explained: “As a top team, you always have to find a way. If the centre is closed, then it makes sense to use the wing. But if you use the wing constantly, then usually the centre opens up a little bit.
“Our plan isn’t to pass the ball wide and then get it into the box. If you have situations like this, then it’s not a bad idea. But it’s not like a long-ball idea where you are (always) hitting it long and going for the second ball.
“It’s just one option for us and it’s difficult to defend. Everybody can be compact and they are allowed to be really deep, that makes it really difficult and you want to come in behind their last line.
“But I haven’t analysed (all the) other teams so far this season. With Man City, we’ll have a look next week. Maybe there will be a crossing championship next week, we will see!”