Jurgen Klopp, the manager of Liverpool, has cautioned his team to avoid losing ground if they want to contend for the Premier League championship.
This was said by Klopp during the team’s news conference before this weekend’s game versus Man City.
The German strategist advises his players not to concentrate solely on Erling Haalnd since the champs face too many other challenges.
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“Like always when you play against the best striker in the world, you have to make sure he doesn’t get that many balls,” Klopp said at his pre-match press conference on Friday.
“That is what you have to defend before you come into the challenge with him so that is what we will try.
“But against City the problem is if you close Haaland down with too many players then you open up gaps for all the other world-class players so that will not make life easier.
“It’s a challenge, a football problem but we try and find solutions.”
When Haaland was a young 19-year-old playing for Red Bull Salzburg in 2019, Liverpool faced him twice in the Champions League, and he scored in one of the games.
Even at such young age, according to Klopp, his potential was “crazy.”
“Physically he sets new standards, the combination of being really physical and technical. His orientation on the pitch is exceptional — he knows always where the decisive gaps are and is barely offside — so many things for making a weekend.
“(He has) some of the best players around him in the world in setting up goals and finding the right moments for the passes: Kevin De Bruyne, Ilkay Gundogan, Bernardo Silva, Phil Foden, (Riyad) Mahrez — they are all really good at that so it’s a perfect fit, no doubt about that.”