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Jurgen Klopp Explains When Strikers Should Defend From The Front

Jurgen Klopp Explains When Strikers Should Defend From The Front

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has hilariously explained the importance of having strikers who defend from the front.

The Reds boss demands presing from the top out of his players with Roberto Firmino one of the best in the world at winning back possession.

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In a recent interview with Arsene Wenger filmed during the Club World Cup in Qatar, Klopp was asked about strikers defending.

Jurgen Klopp explained the importance of having strikers who defend from the front like Roberto Firmino
Jurgen Klopp explained the importance of having strikers who defend from the front like Roberto Firmino

And he explained: "You have to be self-confident, but when that gets too much you have a problem.

"As long as you're not Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi - you have to defend. Easy rules."

Klopp's Liverpool side are on course to end their 30-year wait for a domestic title having opened up a 13-point lead at the top.

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The German boss took over at Anfield in 2015 and has slowly built the Reds into a European powerhouse, winning the Champions League last season.

He recently signed a new contract until 2024 and said he relishes the pressure that comes with being Liverpool manager.

Jurgen Klopp said that different rules applied for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo
Jurgen Klopp said that different rules applied for Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo

Klopp said: "I can only give 100 per cent and see if it's enough, I don't put any more pressure on myself.

"Liverpool haven't been champions for 30 years but 27 of these years I have nothing to do with, so I had to start new. We just had to improve every year.

"We use the power of this club and the good things like the supporters and European nights, the financial power we have, we use it as an opportunity.

"The club became really important to me very quickly, that's why I feel responsible. We try and make the best of it now, and then see about the future.

Jurgen Klopp was speaking to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger
Jurgen Klopp was speaking to former Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger

"I want to be part of this development still and if there are difficult moments I want to be there - that's why I signed for another four years."

Former Arsenal manager Wenger was asked what has made Klopp a successful manager, both in his spells at Dortmund and Liverpool.

Wenger said: "He has a clear idea of what he wants to do and he gets people to do what he wants to do.

"He has been successful in Germany and now in England, so he must have some qualities."

Topics: Liverpool, Lionel Messi, Roberto Firmino, Jurgen Klopp, Cristiano Ronaldo

Sunni Upal

Sunni Upal is editor at SPORTbible

 

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