Klopp’s shrewd tactic pays dividends
Liverpool halted Manchester City’s invincible train as once again Anfield proved to be the undoing of the Citizens. Post match reviews were filled with statistics relaying the Reds’ dominance over Pep Guardiola’s men on the night and many were left evaluating the strategy deployed by the German to dismantle the seemingly unbeatable league leaders.
In another one of those classic Klopp moves, it has come to light that Liverpool underwent a subtle shift in their starting positions during opposition goal-kicks to cut the supply lines to Manchester City forwards.
The graphic shows a miserly forward line spread around City’s creative duo of Ilkay Gundogan and Kevin De Bruyne which denied them any space to operate in midfield. De Bruyne in particular, struggled against the suffocating Liverpool press as Guardiola’s possession play was put to sword by the irresistible Reds.
The victory goes some way in avenging the humiliating 5-0 loss at the Etihad and Liverpudlian supporters will be overjoyed to see their manager performing miracles on the pitch as the Merseysiders became the first team in Barclays Premier League this season to come away with all 3 points against the blue side of Manchester.
Check out the brilliant tactics from Klopp below –