Liverpool suffered an unexpected defeat last weekend at home to Crystal Palace, the Reds paid -up to a point- for the risks they take when attacking, having several players in the opponent’s half of the field, but Jurgen Klopp is not even considering changing his tactics, insisting that taking risks is part of his football philosophy.
If you defend deep then you have a lot of legs and help around, that’s how it is. 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
the Liverpool manager told reporters ahead of his team’s game at Watford, before sharing his belief of how important counter-pressing is, for a team that loves to attack and spend lots of time passing the ball around in the opponent’s half, searching for empty spaces.
A centre-half for a top team is playing with a lot of space at the back. That’s how Tottenham act, how Manchester City act and sometimes how Arsenal act. Manchester United are for sure a bit different. 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
the German said, indirectly commenting on how Liverpool conceded those two goals against Crystal Palace last weekend.