Allardyce makes controversial claim about tactics of champions-elect Liverpool

Date published: Thursday 6th February 2020 10:37

Former Everton boss Sam Allardyce claims that nobody will admit that Jurgen Klopp’s champions-in-waiting Liverpool play long-ball football.

Allardyce was often criticised for his direct style of football during his time long time in management, but the ex-England boss insists that the Reds are similar in their desire to get the ball from back-to-front quickly.

And although Allardyce believes people are unwilling to comment on it, given Liverpool’s brilliant record this season, he suggests more should be made of Klopp’s long-ball football.

“Liverpool play long ball very well indeed from right to left, and very quickly,” Allardyce said. “But nobody will say Liverpool play long ball.

“You wouldn’t hear Martin Tyler saying it because it would be frowned upon.

“You’ve got to be careful about saying they play long ball. But that’s the way it is. They play long ball exceptionally well and better than anybody else. And that’s why they do it.”

Meanwhile, former Liverpool favourite John Aldridge has waxed lyrical about the qualities of exciting young midfielder Curtis Jones – and believes his emergence in the Reds first team can save Jurgen Klopp millions in the transfer market.


Jones on Tuesday night became the youngest captain in the club’s history at the age of 19 years and five days when skippered their team of fledglings to a surprise 1-0 win over League One Shrewsbury in an FA Cup fourth-round replay.

Jones has been limited to just seven appearances so far this season, but has caught the eye when given the chance to impress – and Aldridge reckons the teenager has a massive future ahead of him. Read more…



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