- Jurgen breaks down the core principles of teamwork at Liverpool.
- The Reds always play as a unit where attackers are the first defenders when Liverpool need to restore possession.
- Strikers can be selfish and self-confident but only Ronaldo and Messi can be relieved of defensive duties, claims Klopp.
Speaking to Arsene Wenger in an interview on beIN SPORTS, Jurgen Klopp has analysed the way Liverpool are defending. Restoring possession always starts with Liverpool front three who actually are our first defenders when it comes to stopping the opposition attacks.
"You have to show respect to the team," Klopp said. "The moment you show me you think you are more important than the team is anyway a problem.
"For football, it's really important that you express yourself on the pitch. Sometimes you need to be selfish, no problem. Especially strikers - go for it, try to score! That's completely fine but at the moment you misunderstand the situation [if you think] that you are more important than the team.
"These are kinds of things everybody knows in our team, we have a lot of talks before we work together, so that's all clear. As long as you are not Cristiano or Messi, you have to defend. That's how it is. Are you Cristiano? Messi? No? Then defend!"
This season's stats prove Klopp's point. Since August, the Reds' front three have registered 60 tackles and 18 interceptions, blocked 42 shots and produced 14 clearances in the Premier League.