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I’ve been here a long time, but I’m genuinely stunned at the behaviour of the forum in response to getting beat by PSG away from home. It’s mental.
I'm with you Mascot it's unbelieveable. the expectation level is unreal sometimes. All of us four years ago would feel ashamed about ourself for whining like this on the back of being runner-up CL and comfortable top 4 side in the league again. It's like Rodgers and Hogdson never happened?!

Even our midfield is being traditionally ripped apart like it's the worst midfield we ever had! I've seen some toothless dysfunctional midfields in my time and our current midfield don't even come close to that yet to some it's the worst ever though we're 2nd in the league :rolleyes:
 
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Jurgen Klopp exclusive: Liverpool boss on why the team had to evolve

Jurgen Klopp discusses the necessary evolution of his Liverpool team

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Jurgen Klopp explains his reasons for changing Liverpool's style this season - and why he won't be taking any time off this Christmas...

Liverpool's players returned from Paris at 1.45am on Thursday morning and reported to work for 2.30pm. Training was at 4.15pm to replicate the time of the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Then there's the bus to Burnley on Wednesday and the flight to Bournemouth on Friday before Napoli and Manchester United visit Anfield. All of this inside a fortnight.

Liverpool are in the thick of it now and Jurgen Klopp can only smile.

A decade ago, in the last of his eight seasons with Mainz, his team played only 36 matches all season. Liverpool will pass that mark by February. Speaking on the top floor of the club's Melwood training base, the irony of the situation is not lost on the 51-year-old German.

"Coaches want to coach," he tells Sky Sports. "That is why we are good at it and that is why we have made our way up in the game. Then you get to the highest level and most of the time it is meetings. The job becomes more about getting the message across in those meetings rather than on the pitch. It is a big difference and you have to get used to that."

Not that he is complaining. The point is made with the customary smile. "There is nothing to moan about. It is like it is." And besides, the time constraints have forced him to make every single moment count with his players. "The job is massively and completely different and that makes me a much better manager than I was when I started," he adds.

The challenge now is to get even better. Liverpool made their strongest start to a season in their 126-year history and remain unbeaten in the Premier League. But they still find themselves two points adrift of Manchester City. The quest for perfection is driving them on and explains why Klopp has made changes on and off the pitch in a bid to improve.

In part, it was born of necessity. He sensed that opponents had adapted to his team's counter-pressing and he would need another way. "A lot of teams saw that we were good at that and realised they were overplaying," says Klopp. "If the team gives us the opportunity to do it we will still be there with the counter-press. But very often it is not possible.

"A lot of teams also play counter-attack against us. They don't have the same respect for us that they have for Man City, for example. Against City, you watch it and wonder what they are doing. A week later they play us and they are thinking, right, let's try. City deserve that but it makes a big difference because we have to be 100 per cent concentrated all the time.
If the team gives us the opportunity to do it we will still be there with the counter-press. But very often it is not possible ... now we have to control more games.

"It means that now we have to control more games. We have to keep the ball, especially against counter-attacking sides. That may change in the second part of the season when opponents who are down the table need the points and so they will need to open up a bit more. But at this moment we have to control games and be patient but in a very lively way.

"This was a big part of our thinking in pre-season as well. We really said that. It's like we were so lively in the past that the moment we couldn't be lively because there was no space for that it was like there was immediately this drop in concentration. That is not allowed. I like it more now actually. It is more mature. That was the next step for us. So far so good."

Liverpool's defensive problems have been addressed. The team has conceded only five goals in the Premier League this season, the same number as City, and Klopp is pleased that the work has paid off. "We had to develop things and we had to put the focus a bit more on defence," he says. "I always think about how to win and defence is the basis for all of it."

But as one issue is solved another emerges. Now there are suggestions that Liverpool's more controlled approach means they are lacking the fluency of old. "In the moment when the defence is not good everyone says you need to fix it," says Klopp. "The moment you fix it, everybody says, yeah, but what about the rest of it? It is always like this."

Although Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed since his £13m arrival in the summer, the scoring form of Mohamed Salah and especially Roberto Firmino has not hit last season's heights. But Klopp sees the capacity to switch to a 4-2-3-1 as a strength and is optimistic that any concerns over Liverpool's attacking potency are only temporary.

He points to one particular flowing move against Fulham that he argues was very nearly the best team goal that he has seen during his three years at Anfield. The chances are still coming. "We have created many more than we have used," he argues.

"That's the nature of the thing. I have no problem with that. Yes, there is one team that has scored a lot more than us but the rest are on the same level and there will be games when the boys are flying. Those games will come. I am 100 per cent sure of that. We have already been really close in a lot of situations but right now we just need to get results."

The other chief cause for optimism is that the new signings will improve. Against Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool relied upon the tried and trusted midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, but the hope remains that Fabinho and Naby Keita will be able to provide greater impetus as the season goes on.

For now, patience is required. "We will have to work for it because it is not like you can throw players on the pitch and just tell them to do it," says Klopp. "It doesn't work. It didn't work with Fabinho. It did work really well with Naby in the beginning, but then he got an injury and the team did really well. If things are working then you keep them.

"That gives the other players even more time to adjust to all the things around them, in the league, in the club and all this stuff. There will come the time when they are playing and nobody will remember that there were three or four games at the beginning when they weren't playing. So, of course, there is potential there to improve.

"It is a pretty young side too. One that is not experienced in winning anything so far. Our big opponents are the champions, the champions from a year ago, the FA Cup winner from a year ago and so on. All these teams are challenging you and we need to find our own way. We know it will never be easy and this period coming up will be really intense."

With eight games in December, including that Champions League decider against Napoli, and 2019 beginning with a bang against Manchester City, much of Liverpool's season will be shaped by this next month. Clearly, it will be no relaxing Christmas for Klopp himself.

"My missus asked me when I am having a day off and I don't see it," he says. "I had to make the plans quite a long time ahead and I didn't see a day off. Not this year. We cannot go home to Germany. I will be at home in Liverpool but Christmas will be celebrated in hours not days."

The hope is that with the work Klopp has put in to improve the defence, strengthen the squad and work out new ways to win, Liverpool will do their celebrating in May instead.

https://www.skysports.com/football/...-liverpool-boss-on-why-the-team-had-to-evolve

Hopefully explains for the lesser intellects amongst us..
 

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Today's pre match interview Klopp must've said 'what the fuck are you on about' about twenty times in his head,some of the questions were fucking stupid though,'can we cope without Hendo',is he supposed to say no :eh?:,'will the players be ready',i mean fucking hell fire.
I wouldn't blame Klopp for boycotting these prematch farce of a show. Jounalists are just trolls doing their best to make the manager lose their cool with idiotic questions noone demand answers for in the first place.
 

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Here's hoping a very merry Christmas for Mrs Klopp and an extremely satisfying one for Mr... I just hope the transitions in midfield being discussed actually 'click' into place, because I'd like to see an opponent be on the end of a mauling, and I can't think of anyone better than the bitters on Sunday..
 

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Jurgen Klopp exclusive: Liverpool boss on why the team had to evolve

Jurgen Klopp discusses the necessary evolution of his Liverpool team

In an exclusive interview with Sky Sports, Jurgen Klopp explains his reasons for changing Liverpool's style this season - and why he won't be taking any time off this Christmas...

Liverpool's players returned from Paris at 1.45am on Thursday morning and reported to work for 2.30pm. Training was at 4.15pm to replicate the time of the Merseyside derby on Sunday. Then there's the bus to Burnley on Wednesday and the flight to Bournemouth on Friday before Napoli and Manchester United visit Anfield. All of this inside a fortnight.

Liverpool are in the thick of it now and Jurgen Klopp can only smile.

A decade ago, in the last of his eight seasons with Mainz, his team played only 36 matches all season. Liverpool will pass that mark by February. Speaking on the top floor of the club's Melwood training base, the irony of the situation is not lost on the 51-year-old German.

"Coaches want to coach," he tells Sky Sports. "That is why we are good at it and that is why we have made our way up in the game. Then you get to the highest level and most of the time it is meetings. The job becomes more about getting the message across in those meetings rather than on the pitch. It is a big difference and you have to get used to that."

Not that he is complaining. The point is made with the customary smile. "There is nothing to moan about. It is like it is." And besides, the time constraints have forced him to make every single moment count with his players. "The job is massively and completely different and that makes me a much better manager than I was when I started," he adds.

The challenge now is to get even better. Liverpool made their strongest start to a season in their 126-year history and remain unbeaten in the Premier League. But they still find themselves two points adrift of Manchester City. The quest for perfection is driving them on and explains why Klopp has made changes on and off the pitch in a bid to improve.

In part, it was born of necessity. He sensed that opponents had adapted to his team's counter-pressing and he would need another way. "A lot of teams saw that we were good at that and realised they were overplaying," says Klopp. "If the team gives us the opportunity to do it we will still be there with the counter-press. But very often it is not possible.

"A lot of teams also play counter-attack against us. They don't have the same respect for us that they have for Man City, for example. Against City, you watch it and wonder what they are doing. A week later they play us and they are thinking, right, let's try. City deserve that but it makes a big difference because we have to be 100 per cent concentrated all the time.
If the team gives us the opportunity to do it we will still be there with the counter-press. But very often it is not possible ... now we have to control more games.

"It means that now we have to control more games. We have to keep the ball, especially against counter-attacking sides. That may change in the second part of the season when opponents who are down the table need the points and so they will need to open up a bit more. But at this moment we have to control games and be patient but in a very lively way.

"This was a big part of our thinking in pre-season as well. We really said that. It's like we were so lively in the past that the moment we couldn't be lively because there was no space for that it was like there was immediately this drop in concentration. That is not allowed. I like it more now actually. It is more mature. That was the next step for us. So far so good."

Liverpool's defensive problems have been addressed. The team has conceded only five goals in the Premier League this season, the same number as City, and Klopp is pleased that the work has paid off. "We had to develop things and we had to put the focus a bit more on defence," he says. "I always think about how to win and defence is the basis for all of it."

But as one issue is solved another emerges. Now there are suggestions that Liverpool's more controlled approach means they are lacking the fluency of old. "In the moment when the defence is not good everyone says you need to fix it," says Klopp. "The moment you fix it, everybody says, yeah, but what about the rest of it? It is always like this."

Although Xherdan Shaqiri has impressed since his £13m arrival in the summer, the scoring form of Mohamed Salah and especially Roberto Firmino has not hit last season's heights. But Klopp sees the capacity to switch to a 4-2-3-1 as a strength and is optimistic that any concerns over Liverpool's attacking potency are only temporary.

He points to one particular flowing move against Fulham that he argues was very nearly the best team goal that he has seen during his three years at Anfield. The chances are still coming. "We have created many more than we have used," he argues.

"That's the nature of the thing. I have no problem with that. Yes, there is one team that has scored a lot more than us but the rest are on the same level and there will be games when the boys are flying. Those games will come. I am 100 per cent sure of that. We have already been really close in a lot of situations but right now we just need to get results."

The other chief cause for optimism is that the new signings will improve. Against Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool relied upon the tried and trusted midfield trio of Jordan Henderson, James Milner and Georginio Wijnaldum, but the hope remains that Fabinho and Naby Keita will be able to provide greater impetus as the season goes on.

For now, patience is required. "We will have to work for it because it is not like you can throw players on the pitch and just tell them to do it," says Klopp. "It doesn't work. It didn't work with Fabinho. It did work really well with Naby in the beginning, but then he got an injury and the team did really well. If things are working then you keep them.

"That gives the other players even more time to adjust to all the things around them, in the league, in the club and all this stuff. There will come the time when they are playing and nobody will remember that there were three or four games at the beginning when they weren't playing. So, of course, there is potential there to improve.

"It is a pretty young side too. One that is not experienced in winning anything so far. Our big opponents are the champions, the champions from a year ago, the FA Cup winner from a year ago and so on. All these teams are challenging you and we need to find our own way. We know it will never be easy and this period coming up will be really intense."

With eight games in December, including that Champions League decider against Napoli, and 2019 beginning with a bang against Manchester City, much of Liverpool's season will be shaped by this next month. Clearly, it will be no relaxing Christmas for Klopp himself.

"My missus asked me when I am having a day off and I don't see it," he says. "I had to make the plans quite a long time ahead and I didn't see a day off. Not this year. We cannot go home to Germany. I will be at home in Liverpool but Christmas will be celebrated in hours not days."

The hope is that with the work Klopp has put in to improve the defence, strengthen the squad and work out new ways to win, Liverpool will do their celebrating in May instead.

https://www.skysports.com/football/...-liverpool-boss-on-why-the-team-had-to-evolve

Hopefully explains for the lesser intellects amongst us..
Thanks for posting this. Lots of interesting stuff, including this:

“That may change in the second part of the season when opponents who are down the table need the points and so they will need to open up a bit more.”
 

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Suspect the FA will be throwing the book at Klopp here for running onto the pitch. Plenty of moaning about "If it were Jose" etc etc :yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn:

If it's more than a fine I will be disappointed. Not like he brought the game into disrepute or anything.

Danny Mills has won the day for me. On one hand he says "I think it’s disrespectful…you cannot run into the middle of the pitch to celebrate with your players - last minute or not.” - fair enough.

Then he says "He'd be lucky not to be running past me if I was playing in that game! But that's the sort of problems it can cause" - so what he's saying is he'd have started on Klopp? I see Danny Mills is still a thug then. Jog on.

Hardly "shocking" Danny - that word should be retained for when people cheat or do something bad.
 

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Suspect the FA will be throwing the book at Klopp here for running onto the pitch. Plenty of moaning about "If it were Jose" etc etc :yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn:

If it's more than a fine I will be disappointed. Not like he brought the game into disrepute or anything.

Danny Mills has won the day for me. On one hand he says "I think it’s disrespectful…you cannot run into the middle of the pitch to celebrate with your players - last minute or not.” - fair enough.

Then he says "He'd be lucky not to be running past me if I was playing in that game! But that's the sort of problems it can cause" - so what he's saying is he'd have started on Klopp? I see Danny Mills is still a thug then. Jog on.

Hardly "shocking" Danny - that word should be retained for when people cheat or do something bad.
Basically you can’t do that because of people like me.

Mills would have done nothing. Like his whole career.
 

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Suspect the FA will be throwing the book at Klopp here for running onto the pitch. Plenty of moaning about "If it were Jose" etc etc :yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn::yawn:

If it's more than a fine I will be disappointed. Not like he brought the game into disrepute or anything.

Danny Mills has won the day for me. On one hand he says "I think it’s disrespectful…you cannot run into the middle of the pitch to celebrate with your players - last minute or not.” - fair enough.

Then he says "He'd be lucky not to be running past me if I was playing in that game! But that's the sort of problems it can cause" - so what he's saying is he'd have started on Klopp? I see Danny Mills is still a thug then. Jog on.

Hardly "shocking" Danny - that word should be retained for when people cheat or do something bad.
Look at the number of subs that do it every week up and down the country and the FA/PL will be fucking themselves over if they do anything other than a stern warning or a minimal fine.

Also in regards to Dannys' claim that Klopp wouldn't have managed to run past him had he been playing, pretty much everyone else ran past you Danny in your playing days, so why would it be any different for Klopp?
 

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Danny Mills finds it "absolutely shocking" and "disgusting". I want to live in the utopia Danny does if that's his reaction to a football manager stepping over a white line to hug one of his players when he shouldn't do.

If that was Mourinho...honestly, nobody would care. I think people are forgetting that Mourinho has been criticised in the past for taunting fans rather than just running to celebrate with one of his players. If Klopp did that he'd be criticised too.

There's no double standards here, Klopp broke the rules and will be fined but those who are trying to turn it into some sort of moral tragedy are an embarrassment.
 

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Danny Mills finds it "absolutely shocking" and "disgusting". I want to live in the utopia Danny does if that's his reaction to a football manager stepping over a white line to hug one of his players when he shouldn't do.

If that was Mourinho...honestly, nobody would care. I think people are forgetting that Mourinho has been criticised in the past for taunting fans rather than just running to celebrate with one of his players. If Klopp did that he'd be criticised too.

There's no double standards here, Klopp broke the rules and will be fined but those who are trying to turn it into some sort of moral tragedy are an embarrassment.
Mills hates us, doesn't he?

In any case, he's a woeful pundit regardless.
 
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Klopps response and slight embarrassment is also missing in the pundits comments,he clearly states he apologised to Silva knowing it was wrong but it was a spontaneous reaction of joy rather than rubbing it in,passion,heart on sleeve kind of stuff,i suppose telling the away fans to shush like Jose does is much more respectful and acceptable,:rolleyes:
 

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As I mentioned in the other thread, The mo salah as a CF experiment has to stop immediately. Firmino is more effective up front than dropping behind mane and Salah...
 

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The way the pundits are making Klopp's pitch invasion as if he went and punched someone and has tp be done for GBH is so ridiculous. He went to his own players, not the crowd. What do they want him to do, jail time?

He’s been a very naughty boy Maria ....... :unhappy:


Football (Offences) Act 1991
  • Throwing of missiles onto the playing area or into the crowd - s.2
  • Racialist or indecent chanting at a football match - s.3
  • Going onto the playing area - s.4

Charges
Prosecutors should select charges that adequately reflect the nature and seriousness of the offending and give the court adequate sentencing powers.

Prosecutors should note that:

  • Where there is sufficient evidence, it would normally be preferable to charge one of the offences under more general legislation, (the football-specific offences referred to above are summary only and non-imprisonable, thereby limiting the court's sentencing powers).
  • Most of the offences that are likely to be charged are relevant offences for the purposes of obtaining a Football Banning Order (FBO). The list at Annex B: Schedule of Relevant Offences should be checked before proceeding to ensure that the court is not deprived of the ability to impose an FBO on conviction.


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Danny Mills finds it "absolutely shocking" and "disgusting". I want to live in the utopia Danny does if that's his reaction to a football manager stepping over a white line to hug one of his players when he shouldn't do.

If that was Mourinho...honestly, nobody would care. I think people are forgetting that Mourinho has been criticised in the past for taunting fans rather than just running to celebrate with one of his players. If Klopp did that he'd be criticised too.

There's no double standards here, Klopp broke the rules and will be fined but those who are trying to turn it into some sort of moral tragedy are an embarrassment.
I really do hate this about modern day life, there's so many cretins/massive hypocrites nowdays that feign outrage and have completely over the top reactions over fuck all.

Klopp went a bit over the top, that's it, he'll take his punishment and move on, the end.
 
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Yeah, he wasn't that good a player either from memory.
He was alright as a player.

I remember respecting him after 1-0 v Argentina in the 2002 World Cup, he stepped up in that huge game and performed, he hadn't played much for England before that.
 

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Thanks for posting this. Lots of interesting stuff, including this:

“That may change in the second part of the season when opponents who are down the table need the points and so they will need to open up a bit more.”
Agreed. Am glad he has not given up on playing beautiful completely. That ain't Klopp. He's understood the squad capability, the constraints and what is needed to deliver in the long run. Also, I think we still create chances enough to score 3-4 goals/ game, but unfortunately some players have gone off form the same time we have tweaked the system.

I was actually concerned a bit, but I feel good now. We are evolving, and Klopp is always seeking to improve - excellent signs actually! Very positive now - bring on the next set of fixtures! #Believer :-)
 

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This really is a nothing story. Klopp got caught up in the moment ...... he shouldn’t have ...... but he’s human. He was in the wrong, he’ll hold his hands up and pay the fine. He learns, moves on, doesn’t do it again ..... end of!

Its a pity that the FA aren’t so hot on the real issues in the game. The diving, the professional fouls, the intimidation of officials by players and the trying to get opposition players booked or sent off by waving imaginary cards in the direction of the referee, getting into officials’ faces or opposition players’ faces, falling to the ground like they’ve been shot by a hunter’s rifle or rolling around in agony only to run around like a fully fit athlete within minutes of getting your opponent booked or sent off. Every year they’re going to sort it out ....... it never happens. That’s far more damaging to the image of the game and the game itself ...... far more!
 
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I am really struggling to see how Klopp can be punished beyond a fine or slap on the wrist as it happens every week when subs do the same when celebrating goals unless the FA are looking to increase the work they have to do.
 



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I don't think I have ever seen a sub run onto the pitch. Joining in with the celebrations that are happening off the pitch, in an area they are allowed to be, is a significantly different thing.

Klopp did something that is unquestionably against the rules and will be punished for it. And rightly so. I wouldnt be surprised to see a one game touchline ban, and don't think that would be harsh. But sure, it was not the worst thing in the world, and importantly, he has earned the right to take what he did in good faith.
 

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What's really sad is that a prick of a Spurs fan threw a banana at Aubameyang and it's barely spoke about today because our Klopp was overcome by joyous emotion and let it get the better of him, which he immediately put his hands up and apologised for.
 

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How this story is still getting oxygen, honestly, it is such a non issue and Danny Mills needs to get a life and stop riding his wave of moral indignation. Klopp has apologised said he was overcome in the momemt what more can he do.

The sport is about passion and emotion and now Klopp deserves to be treated like a crim for showing some emotion does he. Jounalists and pundits make me sick, useless semsationalist prats the lot of them.
 

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It'll probably die down now that Klopp's accepted the charge and there's more league games tonight. They just want clicks and attention so they'll soon have something else to milk.