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Liverpool balls: stats prove Klopp has Reds playing like Burnley

Klopp Watch: more bilge on the new Liverpool manager in the Metro.

Stats show the Jurgen Klopp effect is already in full flow at Liverpool

 

Liverpool drew 0-0 away at Spurs in Klopp’s first match in charge. In can be argued that the scoreline is the biggest and most important stat. But the Metro has seen a tweet by data harvesters Opta:

 

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Gegenpress is Klopp’s preferred method of closing down the opposition – what English types call ‘getting in their faces’ or simply ‘pressing’.

It might be worth looking at the same fixture last season, a game that ended 0-3 in Liverpool’s favour. Or the result in the season before that when Liverpool won 0-5.

 

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And as for sprints equating to good team play, well, these are three biggest runners from last season:

George Boyd (Burnley) – 2587

Scott Arfield (Burnley) – 2532

Ahmed Elmohamady (Hull) – 2241

Burnley and Hull were relegated.

Such are the stats.

 

Posted: 18th, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Reviews, Sports | Comment


Liverpool balls: Danny Ings turns Klopp is the new Shankly

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Klopp Watch: Gary Neville was annoyed by BT Sport’s Klopp cam, a little box in the corner of the screen that kept track of every smile, grin and physical jerk by Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp.

 

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Klopp is hailed as that most rare of sporting gems: the likeable German.

In the Mirror, before a ball has been kicked under his guiding smile, the paper told readers:

Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp had the air of Bill Shankly about him at first pre-match press conference

Shankly was the manager who inspired Liverpool to greatness.

David Maddock began his article:

If there is one word Jurgen Klopp has used above all others since arriving at Anfield, it is “dream”.

He is living it, he insists, and he wants his players and the Liverpool supporters to do the same. His aim, above all others, is to get his new club dreaming again… There is something of the Shankly about him when he says, calmly, he has always preferred to concentrate on those who are available, rather than worry about the players who aren’t.

That’s pretty much what every manager does, is not, focusing on playing the fit over the ill, in this case not dwelling on injury to striker Danny Ings.

“As a manager, one of the things I learnt first you do not think about the players who are not available at this moment, because there is no chance to get lucky if you do this all of the time,” he explained with a smile… Shankly was famous for refusing to speak to injured players, blanking them as though they didn’t exist until they were fit and useful to him again.

Blimey! It’s the second coming.

 

 

Posted: 18th, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment


Klopp watch: the Ulla Sandrock head poncho contest

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You should see the size of the Cups

Klopp Watch: a look at reporting on the Liverpool manager.

Daily Mirror: “Who is Jurgen Klopp’s wife Ulla Sandrock? All you need to know about the Liverpool boss’s other half”

Key facts from the big list:

Ulla Sandrock, who was known as the ‘First Lady of Bundesliga’

That would make the President of the Bundesliga, which is odd given that he works in the Premier League.

Ms Sandrock is well known to the German media and was a regular at Borussia Dortmund games, but is she ready to compete with Merseyside’s finest WAGs?

Compete for what?

The Liverpool Echo adds: “New LFC boss Jurgen Klopp’s wife loves Liverpool fashion”

Jurgen Klopp’s wife is a big fan of Scouse fashion, according to… former Big Brother contestant Rebeckah Vaughan… Rebeckah, from Bidston, said: “My dad is a huge Liverpool fan so I’d heard all about him. We went up to his wife and I asked if she liked Liverpool and she said she did. I offered her a drink but she declined. She had on a lovely poncho so we discussed Scouse fashion…”

The poncho was invented in Toxteth in 1897.

Posted: 12th, October 2015 | In: Liverpool, Sports | Comment