Liverpool v Bournemouth

28th October 2015, 19:45pm (GMT)
Anfield
League Cup Fourth Round

Referee: Mike Jones

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Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders believes that Jurgen Klopp’s methods are already taking effect at Anfield, despite him failing to win any of his three games in charge so far.

Lijnders, who was brought into the first-team coaching staff over the summer by former boss Brendan Rodgers, has seen Klopp draw his first three games. But he believes the German is already making a significant difference to the team’s approach.

Klopp achieved great success with his ‘counter-pressing’ tactic at Dortmund, and it is a style he is trying to adopt with his new players at Anfield. And Lijnders says that the Reds are getting better at it all the time, ahead of their clash with Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup on Wednesday.

‘One [aspect] that [Jurgen] tries to implement and that you see is the counter-pressing – so stopping the counter – it’s a very important part,’ he continued.

‘But before that, I think the main goal that’s difficult to see in the stadium, difficult to see for the fans, is how we move when we have the ball when we are attacking.

‘The fact that we are organised [and have] what we call attacking balance [means] that we are ready whenever we lose the ball.

“We can win it back as quickly as possible and we can apply aggressive pressure because we have enough bodies around it when we are playing.

‘It’s difficult to see in the stadium but our balance is getting better and better in terms of when we are attacking.

‘So we are thinking defensively when we are attacking and the other way around as well of course because of the counter-press.’

 

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