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Jurgen Klopp Dismisses The Need For A “Plan B” At Liverpool

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - MARCH 04: (THE SUN OUT, THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Jurgen KLopp Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on March 4, 2017 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

Liverpool have only won two Premier League games this calendar year, against Tottenham and Arsenal, after drawing with both Manchester United and Chelsea since the turn of the year.

Defeats to Swansea City, Hull City and Leicester City this year along with their cup exits at the hands of Wolves and Southampton have left Liverpool fans scratching their heads as to why their players cannot get themselves up for the so-called smaller sides when they have no problem defeating the big boys.

As Burnley come to Anfield on Sunday, there is a sense of worry around the fixture, strange when Sean Dyche’s men have only won two points away from home all season and especially after defeating the Gunners there only last weekend.

BURNLEY, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 18: Sean Dyche, Manager of Burnley reacts during The Emirates FA Cup Fifth Round match between Burnley and Lincoln City at Turf Moor on February 18, 2017 in Burnley, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has been criticised for his lack of a plan B, and speaking to the media ahead of Sunday’s clash the German has no plans to introduce one.

As reported in the Examiner  Klopp said:

“We don’t play checkers.

“We’ve spoken about the things we have to do but not in the case of a team against the lower part of the table.

“I know what people say and is not the first people have said something like this but I don’t have a Plan B in my mind.

“We know how to play but in the end you have to come into specific spaces and make the right decisions.

“My job is to help them make the right decisions more easily. That is what training is for. It is a challenge.

“We knew it after the Arsenal game these questions would be asked. We have to prove it on the pitch.

“Before the Arsenal game the mood here was quite optimistic but I think a lot of people thought ‘if we lose then we have real problems’.

“In this moment I am not sure we will win against Burnley but I am quite optimistic because I know about the boys.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 11: Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool hugs Sadio Mane of Liverpool as he is subitituted  during the Premier League match between Liverpool and Tottenham Hotspur at Anfield on February 11, 2017 in Liverpool, England.  (Photo by Clive Brunskill/Getty Images)

Jamie Carragher has been one of a number of pundits to criticise Klopp’s tactics with the German seemingly unable or unwilling to change the style of player if needed to get a result.

All five of Liverpool’s defeats this season have come against teams in the bottom half with many believing Klopp needs a different approach in such fixtures.

Manchester United boss, Jose Mourinho received negative press for using Marouane Fellaini to change his style of play when required and his side are the only top six side not to have lost to Liverpool this season.

Mourinho changes his style to suit who he is facing while Klopp seems to play into the hands of his opponents as was the case in the defeat to Leicester at the King Power.

As Burnley visit Anfield this weekend, thoughts will turn to their first defeat of the season at Turf Moor in August where once again the lack of a plan B saw Liverpool lose 0-2 despite holding 80% possession.

 

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