''Liverpool won't win the league with this football,'' claims Reds legend Graeme Souness
Anfield giants' pressing, high-tempo style is great to watch but Graeme Souness says they must become more pragmatic
''Some managers seem to have an obsession with attacking – and Jurgen Klopp is one of them. But does that win championships? Not normally.''
''Barcelona did it under Pep Guardiola, but that team was arguably the best club side football’s ever seen. I’m not sure that can be repeated anywhere, never mind in the Premier League. The team that wins the title tends to be balanced. They can attack and put teams to the sword when they have to, but when it comes to the big games they can also grind out results by being pragmatic.''
''Klopp wants to press high and he wants to dominate the ball — but players eventually pay the price physically for that approach. Liverpool look spent after an hour and, when they aren’t out of sight, they start to suffer. It always feels like Liverpool finish games hanging on when they have been in total control. The best teams pace themselves.
''Football has changed since I was winning titles with Liverpool, but the one thing that remains the same is that you have to have a team of men rather than boys.. Experience is such an important quality if you want to finish in first place. You need players who know when to attack and when to be pragmatic.''
''Manchester City have dished out some hammerings because they are doing what Liverpool aren’t, and turning their dominance into goals. That’s what Chelsea do so well, and what Jose Mourinho is now doing at Manchester United. Liverpool look too vulnerable, even in games they seem to control. That’s not a good sign.''