Klopp says what players must have to play for Liverpool and dismisses label

Jurgen Klopp has outlined what it takes to play for his multiple title winning Liverpool side.

The German also dismissed a certain label that has been attached to his style of play, insisting his tactics are a lot more simple than they appear to be.

Liverpool have become known for their high press in recent years under Klopp, and are seen as relentless in attack and defence.

But Klopp insists that the only reason he tells his players to press initially is to save energy in the long run, which means his side actually don’t need to be as fit as many people make out.

“You don’t have to be fitter to play for Liverpool. You just have to be fit and to fit our plan," said Klopp.

“Our game is not actually as intense as it looks. We do the things we do to save energy. Winning the ball back immediately is a two or three-yard sprint.

“If you don’t win the ball there, 10 players have to run 50 or 60 yards to win the ball, it’s much more exhausting.

“Even when we are attacking we need to have players who are ready to defend. Because the only time in life when you can feel free is when you have protection.”

Klopp also joked about his enthusiastic manner on the touchline which has landed him in hot water before, admitting that he thinks he looks like a “complete idiot” at times.

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“The most obvious thing is people see me very animated constantly, grinding my teeth and pointing.

"I cannot look overnight like The Thinker, standing out there like this [Rodin pose] and everybody thinks obviously something must be going on in his mind.

“At specific moments I still look like a complete idiot on the sidelines, I know that.”

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