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Jurgen Klopp reveals he has alternative solutions up his sleeve for Liverpool


Boss Jurgen Klopp says he will adopt different formations and tactics at Liverpool.

The Reds have outran Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday but the German has revealed that he has several plans ahead of a long season where Liverpool are still fighting for four trophies.

"The biggest misunderstanding is that always people ask me if it's possible to play this kind of football [pressing high up the pitch]," Klopp told reporters.

"When I started at Mainz, they would ask me each week, then at Dortmund they would ask me every three days.

"The thing is, you don't have to play like this for 90 minutes. Your only possibility to learn is to start like this, but if you have the ball, you don't have to run like crazy. If you get a better feeling for this kind of defending, it's only the start.

"Of course, [in terms of] counter-pressing, if you watched Arsenal against Bayern yesterday, Bayern had 70 per cent ball possession and lost the game 2-0. That's football.

"That was one of the first Arsenal games I've seen where they've played defensively – their defending was very disciplined with a good plan against Bayern, and they won the game.

"We need to have a plan and that's what we are trying to do, but we don't have to run 150km a game to be successful - we have to be prepared for each style we want to do.

"There is always talk about, 'Can they do this every three days?' Yes, of course we need healthy players, but we don't kill the players – we train with them and they have the confidence and physical skills to do this because they are young, healthy and professionals.

"We ran 116km against Tottenham. There were 5km that were not useful and we did them – but we did them because we wanted to.

"It was not the most clever thing, but now we can try to turn the screws and do it in the right way, in the right moment, with better timing and [being] cooler with the ball. It will get better and better and better.

"If you play against a much better team and are not ready to run more than they are, then you are crazy. Tottenham have been together for a long time – they are stable with results and performances – so we had to give them problems, and that's what we tried to do.

"Now we will try to create problems for Rubin Kazan."

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