Klopp reluctantly speaks about Liverpool’s different approach this season

Date published: Friday 26th October 2018 2:16 - Matthew Briggs

Jurgen Klopp TEAMtalk

Jurgen Klopp has admitted Liverpool have taken a different approach to set-pieces this season.

The Reds have considerably improved their effectiveness from set-pieces this season after last term after managing just 11 goals from dead balls in 2017-18.

After a World Cup dominated by set-piece goals, Klopp, somewhat reluctantly admitted, that he has spent more time in training working on corners and free-kicks.

Already this season Liverpool, along with Tottenham (both five) lead the league with goals from set-pieces, while at the other end Virgil van Dijk and co. have conceded just one goal from a set-piece in nine Premier League games.

“We’ve done a lot, and actually it is quite difficult to take about set-pieces because I don’t want to talk about it,” said Klopp today at Melwood.

“We have worked a lot. We now have different runs and routines. It was clear in pre-season that I wanted to focus on it because it wasn’t a strength of ours and that is what we tried to do.

“Actually it doesn’t always work out, but it’s a different approach. We have different runs and never the same routine and that’s it actually. We have put more focus on it.

“It sounds easy but you cut off important training time for set-pieces. And training for set-pieces in England is difficult because of the weather. I haven’t spoken about the weather for so long because it has been so good, but like in Germany the weather is quite difficult.

“In Spain you can work on set-pieces five hours a day because of the weather. But when it’s cold you cannot stand around and say you stand there, you block here because everyone is so cold.

“It’s good to see that is has worked out.”

Liverpool host cardiff at Anfield tomorrow and both Naby Keita and Jordan Henderson have been ruled out of game.

“Both are in a good way but won’t be ready for that. I think that’s it,” said Henderson.

“The rest should be, apart from Oxlade-Chamberlain and Rhian Brewster, will be available.”

 

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