DAILY MAIL 🔵 Klopp credits 0-0 draw with Man United for sparking Liverpool’s season – Shango Media

DAILY MAIL 🔵 Klopp credits 0-0 draw with Man United for sparking Liverpool’s season

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Jurgen Klopp has pinpointed the meeting that led Liverpool’s season to catch fire as they prepare to put their title credentials on the line once again.

Many expect Liverpool to enhance their goal difference against Sheffield United on Thursday night but Klopp is offended by suggestions this will be effectively be a game of attack versus defence and exercise in how many his team can score.

There is no doubt, though, that Chris Wilder’s side will be in for a long evening if this 90 minutes goes how some of Liverpool’s recent games have gone: they had 30 shots against Brighton last Sunday, the seventh time they have had 25+ efforts on goal at Anfield since Christmas.

Klopp sees a team with the bit between their teeth, one that has evolved from some of the scratchy days of autumn when he was aware of criticism saying Liverpool had not been convincing. It led to a training ground discussion with the squad before Manchester United’s visit to Anfield in December.

‘I loved the Manchester United game,’ said Klopp, who has a concern over the fitness of key midfielder Wataru Endo ahead of Sheffield’s visit. ‘We didn’t win: it was 0-0, but that was the day our full counter-press mentality kicked in again.

Manchester United escaped a visit to Anfield with a point but since the match, Liverpool has won 30 of a possible 39 points

‘It was something I asked for before that game. I said everything is good so far, we are new together, we have to find a way, you cannot ask for counter-press when you play with ten men or nine men. You have to get through games in different ways, but before United we spoke specifically about that.

‘You cannot just take the ball and fire direct at goal. But if you win it back high up the pitch, then it’s pretty likely you will find a finish. That is definitely the explanation and since then, for me, the season changed into the way we wanted to play.

‘It was a really strange part of the season. We got results but I heard it once or twice that « Liverpool get results but it is not fully convincing » but I remember United like it was yesterday. That was the meeting before the game and the boys delivered. Since then we have done it again.’ 

The return of Trent Alexander-Arnold will likely boost the side's chances of taking the title race to the very end of the season

Liverpool have taken 30 points from a possible 39 since December 17 but, for all that consistency, Klopp knows their levels will have to go up again in the coming weeks if they are to cross the line first. 

Their chances will be enhanced, though, by the return of Diogo Jota, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker, all of whom are expected back in first team training next week.

‘Our biggest enemy is obviously (having) the wrong attitude, if we would show that,’ said Klopp. ‘And a big part of that is thinking who scores how many goals. And that will not happen. I want to win the game first – the result I’m not bothered about at the moment.’

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