Jurgen Klopp has detailed the characteristics he always wants to see from his Liverpool team.
The German coach says his “dream” has always been to develop a clear philosophy and a style of player that easily recognises his teams.
Klopp was appointed at Liverpool in October 2015 and has overseen the club’s rise from the Premier League’s mid-table to the European champions, while they remain two games away from claiming their first top-flight title for 30 years.
Klopp was taking a break from football after seven successful years at Borussia Dortmund, when Liverpool came calling for him and he has not looked back and in December he agreed a new Anfield contract until 2024.
Despite the success and lucrative new deal his desire to improve appears not to wane and he says his plan was always to adopt an attacking style of play which his sides are renowned for.
“We have a few clear rules how we want to play, how we want to defend, where we want to defend, where we want to pass,” Klopp told Western Union, as quoted by Liverpool’s official website.
“It’s not that we have a book and give it to read it, then you know it. These are the kinds of things; how lively are we? How positive? How brave? Absolutely important for the boys, through all the ranks and through all the teams.
“Is a 10-year-old too young for it? I’m not an expert. It’s not that intense actually, it’s just a specific way. But 17, 18, 19, 20 you are for sure old enough and that’s exactly the moment.
“My dream was always that we can play in any random shirt but if you watch us playing you say, ‘Ah, that’s Liverpool.’ The identity is that clear that everybody would say ‘Oh, that’s Liverpool.’ That’s what we try.”