Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has promised that the team’s “heavy metal” approach will not change when they face Arsenal, a team he once referred to as a “orchestra.”
The inverse of a given integer Mikel Arteta has injected more pace into an Arsenal team that, under Arsene Wenger and later Unai Emery, tried to play pretty music but frequently landed on wrong notes.
Klopp made the orchestra analogy seven years ago, when he was still head coach at Borussia Dortmund and already an avid student of the English game.
Since then, Klopp has introduced his boisterous brand of football to Anfield, leading the Reds to Premier League and Champions League victories with their direct, high-octane play.
This year, Liverpool will try to defend the latter prize by adding new talent to a championship-winning side with the signings of Diogo Jota and Thiago Alcantara.
But Klopp is adamant that everything must go on as usual, and he is confident that his new players can perform even better for him than they did at Wolves and Bayern Munich.
Klopp remarked, “We have an identity, and we keep to that.” “We like to think our playing style covers a lot of ground, but we never let up on the energy. There’s no point in taking it easy, and we see no other way for us to achieve our goals except to go all out.
“We can’t afford to try to play like any other team in order to conserve energy. It’s imperative that we give our tasks our full attention and effort.
“My lack of complexity has resulted in a really straightforward football strategy for my team. This is not a complex issue. The counter-press and other such techniques are not particularly difficult; rather, they require practise before they become second nature.
“I don’t think it will take forever, but it will take some time, and how much time remains to be seen.”
Thiago’s great performance as a staple in Bayern’s midfield over the last seven years has led many to believe that his purchase could offer Liverpool a slight edge this season.
Although he did not reveal any information on potential departures like Rhian Brewster’s, Klopp does not anticipate a hectic final week of the transfer window in terms of new players.
After a strong first half against Chelsea, Thiago might start for Liverpool for the first time on Monday against Arsenal at Anfield.
Although Klopp is enjoying watching his new acquisition go through his paces, he has no plans to immediately institute a culture shift in the Liverpool midfield that helped the team win its first domestic league title in 30 years.
“Previously, we had a solid group of midfielders. When we suddenly reveal Thiago Alcantara, it’s natural for people to lose their minds, draw countless possible depictions of him, and wonder aloud how he would appear to the naked eye “It was Klopp who made the remark.
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“You can’t just sub in a player and claim an instant 20% improvement in football. It’s tough to find ways to make this team better. Although challenging, it is not impossible.
“Thiago has always been a fantastic player thanks to his innate talent. This is, of course, his skill, his vision, his passing, and the means by which he can insist upon a certain tempo. When it comes to it, he truly stands out.”