Jurgen Klopp has created quite a name for himself in the football world especially this season.
His open criticism of West Brom’s gameplan of long balls and set plays recently is an issue which English football has long been fraught with.
On Sunday, according to Mail Online, Liverpool manager Klopp was caught up in a row with West Bromwich Albion’s Tony Pulis over it.
Reliance on long balls and set plays is a common tactic in England and Klopp openly criticised Pulis for using it. Arsenal’s Arsesne Wenger, too, tried talking about it in the past but his words were heavily misinterpreted. Hopefully this time, Klopp’s words will be heard right.
Judging by Klopp’s fantastic record — he has a history of producing teams that can play and win and defy the odds to emerge victorious — it would be foolish not to listen to Klopp’s advice. Klopp’s fantastic coaching techniques have produced key performers and the best example is Mario Gotze.
Guided and tutored by Borussia Dortmund and Klopp from an early age, Gotze is a classic Klopp protégé. And if you are still wondering who Mario Gotze is, then let me tell you this, Gotze scored the winning goal in the World Cup final enabling Germany to lift the cup.
Pulis no doubt can destroy and his methods are guards against failures but Klopp’s method is spectacular. His football is courageous, high-tempo and aggressive but without being dirty.
English football has had a history of over-adulation of limited coaches who kill players’ technical skills by putting them into the formula of long football accompanied with free-kicks and corners ballooned into the mixer. Probably, this is what has held back English football.
Probably, its time now to listen to someone who has created star performers and who has been part of a revolution in German football culminating with Germany lifting the World Cup in 2014.