Liverpool coach reveals Reds squad embracing Jurgen Klopp’s ideas
Pepijn Lijnders says Jurgen Klopp's vision for Liverpool is already starting to take shape on training ground
Pepijn Lijnders believes Jurgen Klopp’s vision for Liverpool is already starting to take shape despite Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Southampton.
The Reds have drawn three successive games under Klopp after the German took over the reins at Anfield earlier this month.
It’s disappointing that you get a goal against and especially from a cross coming in or a set-piece – that would probably be the only way for them to score in the last 15 minutes
Liverpool have scored just two goals in three games under Brendan Rodgers’s successor after stalemates with Tottenham Hotspur, Rubin Kazan and Southampton.
However, Klopp’s coach Lijnders revealed that the Liverpool players are already starting to adapt to the 48-year-old’s methods on the training ground.
“[It’s] disappointing in the sense that Jürgen came in with a clear idea of how we wants to play and you see in the sessions and the games that it starts evolving, that the team starts developing to a common idea,” Lijnders told Liverpool’s website.
“Then you see that they are implementing the ideas, that they are trying to become more efficient and working together in a certain way.”
Lijnders added that it was a disappointment Liverpool couldn’t cement three points after Sadio Mane cancelled out Christian Benteke’s 77th minute opener at Anfield on Sunday.
Lijnders continued: “And then you get the goal! It’s in the perfect moment, close to the end, and you think that finally Anfield [will see a win].
“The way the stadium reacted it felt like a relief of course because we know that we have drawn a lot of games, we know that we are the team who always brought the ball more into the opposition half, that we were the team who were playing, the team who could control the game.
“So then it’s disappointing that you get a goal against and especially from a cross coming in or a set-piece – that would probably be the only way for them to score in the last 15 minutes.
“That’s disappointing, everybody feels that, and that’s a good thing by the way because it shows that we feel and know that we are good and the better team.”
Klopp’s side face Bournemouth in the League Cup fourth round on Wednesday night before the Reds make the long journey to Stamford Bridge to face Chelsea in the Premier League on Saturday.
Liverpool are in ninth place in the table after 14 points from 10 Premier League games.