Liverpool have started the pre-season schedule
with a 4-3-3, picking up on one of the two formations largely used last season. Along with the 4-3-3, Jurgen Klopp also used
a 4-3-2-1 in 2016/17, a shift from the not altogether successful
4-2-3-1 employed when he first took over. Klopp’s favoured 4-3-3 is fairly standard,
with a six sitting between two more adventurous midfield eights, wide players
who drift, and full-backs who push high. Of course, the most widely celebrated aspect
of Klopp’s style is the counter-press. Effectively,
counter-pressing is an attempt to win possession back immediately after losing it, rather
than waiting for certain triggers to press which could come after the opposition have
had possession for a while. The advantage is that the opposition, having
won the ball, are in an offensive, rather than defensive, stance,
which leaves them vulnerable to a counter. Liverpool tend to attack with width and so
they counter-press wide too, either in the wide
space or the half-space. Liverpool play compactly and press aggressively
in the half space to try to force the opposition wide. This is facilitated by allowing the full-backs
and midfield eights a high degree of vertical freedom to move into the
press. In addition, when the opposition have the
ball wide, generally they can only take it two
ways. The first is vertically in the wide space,
which either means a long ball past or over the
full-back, easily defended, or a pass backwards away from Liverpool’s goal. Secondly, and there is some evidence that
Liverpool actively encourage this, the opposition can pass back into the half-space; to receive
the pass, the receiving opposition player is
facing the touchline, though, and is vulnerable to players surrounding him and to players
coming back from an advanced position to press. Liverpool employ this backwards counter-press
superbly, with the wide players or advanced midfielders dropping back, passing to the
pivot or to a spare central midfielder, who can
then spring an attack with the opposition geared to an attack and not arranged in a
strong defensive position. Both these forms of press and counter-press
do two things to Liverpool’s advantage: the first
is that they can attack when the opposition is not properly in a defensive stance, but
secondly, by forcing the opposition wide, space is created in the half-space for Liverpool
to attack. It’s a potent mix. When Liverpool attack, they do so with great
fluidity. The designated use of 4-3-3 or 4-3-2-1
belies the fact that in both formations, the front three is rotational and that the wide
players can drift into space, push high up the wings,
or cut inside, and that the striker, especially if
Firmino is used, drops deep. Like the other strong pressing side in the
league, Spurs, Liverpool push their full-backs Nathaniel Clyne and James Milner high up the
pitch and use the defensive midfield six to drop into space, though Can does this deeper
than, say, Henderson or Wijnaldum, who has been used in pre-season in this role. ​
This gives Liverpool good central compactness, which facilitates the desire to push the
opposition into attacking with width, and also means that there is almost always a linking
player between the centre-backs and the midfield, augmented by the advanced full-backs,
to aid the attacking transition. Lastly, Liverpool have intelligent, technical
players, who make this system work. Adam Lallana is superb at knowing when to
press, Sadio Mane is a genius for finding space and knowing whether to attack
wide or cut inwards, and Roberto Firmino can score goals but is also adept
at finding space in the number 10 pocket. The team are quick, getting physically stronger
and have, by now, adapted well to Jurgen Klopp’s style. The addition of the tricky, direct Mohamed
Salah from Roma, who will match Mane’s skill set on the other flank, is a coup
and one feels that Liverpool are not far from being a great side. They lack a
central defender of the ball-playing ability of Mats Hummels , who played for
Klopp at Dortmund, and a six who can dictate more from deep, but if Liverpool
acquire these players, they could threaten the title-chasers this coming season.

Liverpool’s Counter-Pressing Explained
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100 thoughts on “Liverpool’s Counter-Pressing Explained

  • August 1, 2017 at 3:44 pm
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    Who's Firminho?

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  • August 1, 2017 at 4:21 pm
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    This is why why need Kieta and VvD

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  • August 1, 2017 at 4:35 pm
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    Thanks for making a video on Liverpool 🙂

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  • August 1, 2017 at 5:04 pm
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    Why doea your voice sound like you have a bad case of sinus. Fuck man your voice makes me feel uncomfy

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  • August 1, 2017 at 5:46 pm
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    Nice video but it would be so much better if these kind of videos also point out the weaknesses to the style of play.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 7:20 pm
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    Man City next please

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  • August 1, 2017 at 7:34 pm
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    Change your name to Captain Obvious.

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  • August 1, 2017 at 8:17 pm
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    I love this YouTube channel. I learn so much from these videos

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  • August 1, 2017 at 9:14 pm
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    Love these videos

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  • August 1, 2017 at 11:53 pm
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    whats wrong with henderson being a six?

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  • August 1, 2017 at 11:57 pm
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    Great vid on our positives would be interesting to see one on how our defensive side has cost us in past seasons

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:16 am
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    Terrible graphics.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:49 am
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    Six is a centre-back's number. The central midfield numbers are 4 and 8.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:57 am
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    The only mistake of the video is that they lack the number 6. I think henderson does quite well and can Will grow in that role aswell. The number 8 next.to lallana is the only problem. I love wijnaldum but sometimes it feels like.he plays with shackles on. By this i mean he plays a little bit too cautious. Either he Will e unleashed next year or Keita is indeed the answer.. we.shall see

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  • August 2, 2017 at 2:41 am
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    Absolutely right, Liverpool badly need that ball-playing CB. #6, I don't know if it is as important. Our midfield is doing great at the moment, and looking at the way our fullbacks have come through in pre-season, it wouldn't be a stretch to see Milner finally moving out of there and getting back to his preferred midfield role. With him adding more numbers to the midfield, I don't see the importance of a Naby Keita type of player – we can always try for him next season or in January.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 2:49 am
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    Crystal Palace video, ever?

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  • August 2, 2017 at 5:21 am
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    please do a video on teams who sit back and park the bus,….

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  • August 2, 2017 at 6:03 am
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    Thank you! Really enjoyed it 🙂

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  • August 2, 2017 at 7:53 am
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    Klopp's tactic could cause more harm in a season long competitions as we've seen happend to Liverpool in January 2017. You simply cant ask your players to run their socks off for full 90 minutes in 38 games. Unless Klopp find an alternative plan B, i can see similar things happen again.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 8:20 am
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    Dormtund next?

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  • August 2, 2017 at 9:51 am
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    You should have a license of being coach/manager or assistent

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  • August 2, 2017 at 9:52 am
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    imagine this squad sanchez
    mane salah

    coutinho keita
    henderson

    robertson/moreno van djik matip clyne/alexender arnod

    mignolet

    🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥🔥

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  • August 2, 2017 at 11:21 am
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    sure thing

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  • August 2, 2017 at 11:43 am
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    Music?

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  • August 2, 2017 at 11:53 am
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    Okay so a CB and a CM at the cost of Coutinho.

    At least that's what the video's ending and uMAXit's tweeted article suggests.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 12:13 pm
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    Great video! Just subscribed!
    Come on Liverpool!
    #YNWA

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:00 pm
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    Can you do a video on the tactic peter bosz wants to play?

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  • August 2, 2017 at 1:55 pm
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    Dont put these on people from other teams can look at this!!

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  • August 2, 2017 at 4:10 pm
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    if only liverpool were that good

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  • August 2, 2017 at 7:49 pm
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    Thanks for this insightful presentation, it was really informative compared to other videos out there. Job well done and hopefully there's more to see in the future. Big thumbs up !

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  • August 2, 2017 at 9:15 pm
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    Tactics explained: man utd with class of 95 (scholes,giggs,beckham,nevilles)

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  • August 2, 2017 at 10:04 pm
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    I'm a Liverpool fan and i am happy with our starting 11 but i don't think we have the squad depth like City and Chelsea to challenge for the league all it takes is one nasty injury for Mane or Salah and the system is messed.

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  • August 2, 2017 at 10:43 pm
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    Please listen to the song here:
    http://velvetears.nl/golden_state_warriors/

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  • August 3, 2017 at 12:29 am
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    I just don't know how this style can work against sides who don't want to play the ball. When we come up against teams who sit back and invite pressure we are lost for ideas. Hopefully the addition of Salah and moving Coutinho back into midfield will help solve this but it's becoming a serious problem. We all saw at the back end of last season how almost every team now sets up to sit back against us, and it really costs us.

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  • August 3, 2017 at 3:56 am
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    Philippe Coutinho WELCOME TO BARCA!!!

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  • August 3, 2017 at 5:14 am
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    Great video

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  • August 3, 2017 at 7:22 am
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    These videos are so good. What do you use to make the animation?

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  • August 3, 2017 at 12:23 pm
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    If they lose Phil C. who would be replacemeny

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  • August 3, 2017 at 1:45 pm
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    I don't wanna sound negative, but why the hell do you use this UGLY ASS font? 2:13 fx. It's just super ugly, sends off an unserious/illegitimate vibe. It's even worse than comic sans lol.

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  • August 3, 2017 at 4:31 pm
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    Finally… a Liverpool FC video

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  • August 3, 2017 at 10:41 pm
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    There is a ball playing centre back in the side, he goes by the name of Mamadou Sakho. Why Klopp hasn't brought him back into the fold is beyond me.

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  • August 4, 2017 at 6:00 am
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    THIS YEAR IS OUR YEAR. LOL

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  • August 6, 2017 at 12:38 am
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    Heynckes' tactics from 2012/13 Bayern's treble winning season.

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  • August 7, 2017 at 1:12 pm
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    plz do guardiolas 3-5-2

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  • August 7, 2017 at 8:56 pm
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    where to download?

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  • August 8, 2017 at 12:33 pm
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    Is there a video of Man City similar to this?

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  • August 10, 2017 at 4:38 am
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    Loving these videos. Two recommendations: 1/ maybe it's just me, but I find the text on the left-side is too close to the margin. It's nicer to read if it's indented a little. 2/ sometimes the text doesn't summarise and is nearly verbatim. It's better for the viewer if the bullet-points just pick out key words and ideas. Otherwise: top-notch!

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  • August 14, 2017 at 10:46 pm
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    Should've gone for someone like Bakayoko, or maybe even Fabinho. But for sure they need a CB with good footwork and passing ability. Maybe a marquinnos or VVD

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  • August 18, 2017 at 1:23 am
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    "And one feels that Liverpool are not far from being a great side" lol biased much?

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  • August 21, 2017 at 6:11 pm
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    Fairly obvious how to counter it though. Concede possession. That way you can't be counter pressed. And this is what most teams who have got a result against us have done.

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  • August 28, 2017 at 12:13 am
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    song name please, its very catchy

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  • September 2, 2017 at 4:45 am
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    I like the material, and your ability to transform a complex subject to an easy to understand material is good, but can you put some emotion on your delivery? You sound like reading a test subject for your final exams.

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  • September 5, 2017 at 4:18 am
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    This explains why Liverpool want VVD sooo bad. Strong but technically adept top level CBs seem to be a rarity in the game today. It reminds me of how Barca pursued Thiago Silva as long as they did.

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  • September 17, 2017 at 4:32 am
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    Do a review on Brazil Tite tactics

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  • September 20, 2017 at 6:07 pm
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    OVERRATED PIECE of SHIT………REAL MADRID and Almost All GERMAN CLUBS Use COUNTER – PRESSING………BARCELONA Does it PERFECTLY…………
    ARGENTINA , BRAZIL, Does it

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  • September 20, 2017 at 6:09 pm
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    Man. City 5 – 0 Liverpool
    Leicester City 2 – 0 Liverpool

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  • September 24, 2017 at 10:22 pm
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    This formation is disastrous look how many goals Liverpool conceded with this formation.

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  • October 5, 2017 at 4:14 pm
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    Burnt out by January

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  • October 7, 2017 at 4:27 pm
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    That's why Klopp were so desperate to sign a ball-playing CB like VVD. He is so crucial for liverpool to win titles. Naby Keita cant come soon enough 😭

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  • October 22, 2017 at 11:11 am
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    please do Manchester city under pep

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  • October 26, 2017 at 10:52 am
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    Liverpool got raped by Tottenham.

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  • November 28, 2017 at 2:48 am
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    Can you do one on Toni Kroos ??

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  • November 28, 2017 at 2:49 am
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    Can you do Real Madrid 2015-2017???

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  • December 14, 2017 at 3:36 pm
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    i think klopp might target winter/summer signings of the defensive unit pairing of the more defensive minded virgil van dijk and ball playing david luiz, or someone else who is ball player, but i think luiz is unsettled at chelsea so he might actually be open to a move to liverpool, while van dijk has been a known target for liverpool this past summer

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  • December 26, 2017 at 4:53 pm
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    So "counter pressing" is the same as "gegenpressing" just like all the formation variations now a days are basically exactly the same as old ones but we just like to make things more complicated.

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  • December 28, 2017 at 12:41 am
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    Now we had that defender, and it's Virgil Van Dijk. 🙂

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  • January 2, 2018 at 3:42 pm
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    Fairly prescient it seems, good work lads aha

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  • January 6, 2018 at 2:40 am
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    And a goal keeper ! But honestly makes you think it’s that counter press forcing players out wide which gives Coutinho lots of space at 10. He should stay in the system

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  • January 6, 2018 at 11:04 am
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    fm 2018 liverpool counterpressing tactic please help me

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  • February 12, 2018 at 9:43 pm
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    Van Dijk and Keita is that us sorted?

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  • February 27, 2018 at 6:12 pm
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    What software do you guys use to do these vids?

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  • March 3, 2018 at 4:08 pm
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    6 months on and the ball playing centre half is in place and the 6 who can dictate more from deep is acquired in Keita…

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  • April 9, 2018 at 1:06 am
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    Could you please make a video on box to box midfielders

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  • April 13, 2018 at 10:34 pm
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    How prophetic this has been, Van Dijk in as the ball playing centre half. The only thing missing is a dictating '6', interesting season and a video which foreshadowed how it's been going

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  • April 19, 2018 at 1:53 am
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    Now we just need a 6, Jorginho?

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  • May 14, 2018 at 4:04 am
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    Can we get an updated version on this? On how they reached the champions league final

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  • May 18, 2018 at 4:06 am
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    they are in the champions league finals

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  • May 19, 2018 at 1:03 am
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    Seeing this in May 2018, I cannot be more impressed by your insight. The points you made about the defense and the number six position – that is where Van Djik and Keita fit it. Great work!

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  • May 31, 2018 at 2:56 pm
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    disadvantages:
    1.needs more physical and technical players with good stamina
    2.if somehow one man eliminates(say red card ),it becomes more vulnerable and ultimately pressing ends.
    3.once team is fully adapted to pressing tactics,it becomes very difficult to play using other formations.

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  • June 3, 2018 at 5:32 pm
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    Wow. Coming to this video after the UCL makes it truly remarkable that your predictions were spot on!

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  • June 6, 2018 at 6:23 pm
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    4:16 – 12 months on, hopefully Van Dijk and hopefully Keita have solved these.

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  • August 3, 2018 at 12:45 am
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    Looking forward to watching Liverpool this year, as well as more videos

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  • September 10, 2018 at 2:10 pm
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    final of the season liverpool done well as per right prediction !

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  • September 19, 2018 at 8:44 am
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    Brilliant explanation. And it's true because look at the squad right now. That centre back and 6 has been added to the squad and what a force they are.

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  • December 19, 2018 at 9:05 pm
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    i love that the preddictions you made in this video are really showing as of today

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  • December 30, 2018 at 11:16 am
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    watching liverpool now, i have to say: Really good predictions at the end!

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  • January 3, 2019 at 4:03 pm
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    A Raumdeuter (Firmino/Shaq) + Gegenpressing (Counter-Pressing ) = Heavy Metal Football

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  • March 14, 2019 at 12:59 am
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    Can you update with the system that Klopp uses

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  • April 30, 2019 at 2:43 pm
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    The last few minutes if this video predicted the 2018/19 season title charge perfectly

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  • May 11, 2019 at 1:16 pm
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    They did

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  • May 14, 2019 at 2:27 pm
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    the accuracy of this and the other on mo salah is scary. this channel is amazing!

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  • May 26, 2019 at 8:58 am
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    This video is just so true now…..

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  • June 2, 2019 at 4:26 am
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    who’s still watching after champions league?😂

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  • June 2, 2019 at 7:53 am
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    Waiting for the analysis on ucl and nba finals

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  • June 12, 2019 at 2:14 pm
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    Amazing how Liverpool acquired those two missing elements in Van Dijk and Fabinho and are now crowned European Champions and pushed till the end for a Premier League title.

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  • July 2, 2019 at 9:46 pm
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    You predicted the future. Mind blown. Being able to Specifically point out the present stars of the team Van Dijk and Fabinho is something else entirely.

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  • August 19, 2019 at 4:55 pm
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    man you're just genius great analyzing but also simple .. the ending of the video was spot on .

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  • August 25, 2019 at 2:09 am
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    I really hope Keita comes back eventually. He's that last piece they're looking for to make this team virtually unstoppable

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  • August 28, 2019 at 8:43 am
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    So Klopp got Van Dijk and Fabinho, a ball-playing central defender and a 6 that can dictate more from deep, so they become title contender and Champions League winner.

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  • September 5, 2019 at 12:17 pm
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    Stumbled upon this video, how Klopp has transformed Liverpool to become title contenders 🔴🔴

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