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Lijnders Already Sees Improvement Under Klopp

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One of the few hold overs from the last regime, Pepijn Lijnders is already seeing improvement from the Reds, even if that improved form hasn't resulted in improved results.

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The notion that we should give new boss Jürgen Klopp more time is a silly one. It's not silly because we shouldn't give him time. It's silly because it even has to be said in the first place.

Regardless, Liverpool supporters can feel a bit disappointed by three draws in three competitive matches under Klopp. It is important to remember that improvement is a process, and Liverpool coach Pepijn Lijnders can already see that process unfolding:

"It's difficult to see in the stadium but our balance is getting better and better in terms of when we are attacking. So we are thinking defensively when we are attacking and the other way around as well of course because of the counter-press. The moment we lose it we apply aggressive pressure, you see that, everybody wants that. That's a good thing because it makes sure we stay high up the pitch and that's where we want to play. [Fans want to see] Liverpool dominating the game in the opponent's half, not defending the goal but defending our mid-line."

The best thing to come from Lijnders' comments is the apparent simplicity of Klopp's system. Whereas Rodgers often spoke in broad, overarching ideas, it was difficult to pin down the exact style and tactics he was going for. When Lijnders explains what Klopp wants from his players, it's as simple as 1-2-3:

"One pressing, two getting close, [three] try to win it back, then we can stay high. That's what you see, it becomes easier and easier to stay high up the pitch, it becomes easier when we win the ball to play it out to find a free player. Loads of things to improve of course, as always, but if you ask me the things [Jürgen] is trying to implement in the sessions I think you can see those three things really well."

It might seem simple, but it still takes time to implement. In Klopp's first three games, we've already seen a massive uptick in the amount of total ground covered. But as the manager pointed out, a great deal of that extra running is wasted.

However, if Lijnders' observations are to be believed, Klopp is already well on the way toward fully implementing his famous gegenpressing. The players aren't just learning to run more, but how to run most efficiently, and what to do with the ball when they get it back.