Klopp's tactics prior Manchester City game
ESPN's Michael Cox looks into Jurgen Klopp's tactics ahead of the clash vs Manchester City
"Liverpool's defensive failures under Klopp have, in truth, been somewhat exaggerated. Thirty-five goals against in 33 Premier League games this season isn't a disastrous record. Besides, Liverpool are so effective going forward precisely because of their style of play without possession, moving forward quickly to close down opponents, often leaving their defence slightly exposed. It's a risk Klopp believes is worth taking.
"Liverpool largely defend well in that respect. They do not, however, defend well in the traditional respect: at set pieces, and when their defenders are faced with obvious one-versus-one battles against dangerous, quick opponents. There have, however, been signs of improvement in recent months.
"Yes, defending remains about collective rather than individual play, but Liverpool's previous defensive mistakes were so often about needless individual errors that weren't really Klopp's fault. His faith in his new full-backs, and his determination to go for Van Dijk -- and Van Dijk alone, even when that avenue was shut down last summer -- appears to have paid off.
"That's the main storyline: whether Liverpool can hold strong, shut out City and progress. But for Guardiola's coaching reputation, the here isn't really about progressing or not progressing. There's a more serious danger to his coaching reputation than the prospect of City not scoring. What if City go all-out attack, get caught on the counterattack, lose 3-0 and end up going down 6-0 on aggregate? City have conceded seven goals in their past two games against Liverpool, and a repeat isn't impossible."