Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp has spoken of his reduction that Manchester City couldn’t signal a conventional center-forward this summer season.
City had been keen on taking Tottenham striker Harry Kane to the Etihad Stadium, however couldn’t meet Spurs’ calls for and the England captain ended up in north London.
Instead, Pep Guardiola has used plenty of wingers and attacking midfielders by means of the center of City’s assault once more, and Klopp is grateful that Liverpool’s title rivals nonetheless lack an out-and-out striker.
“I know they did not score 500 goals and the world is talking about needing a No. 9. Yes, what if they had No. 9 on top of that! It’s a luxury problem, let me put it this way, says Klopp (via Mirror).
“It was like that final yr after which Ilkay Gundogan took place 500 instances within the field and scored from shut vary. So we thought, okay, how is that attainable?
“If it was that simple in soccer – mark quantity 9 and he cannot rating – that may be nice!
“It’s the crucial area in and around the box where City traditionally, at least since I’m in England, always have enough options.
“What number they have on their backs is really not important. They take in players in all the moments – the edges are as influential as ours, I do not know how many goals City scored up close with a square ball in the six-yard box.
City and Liverpool are among the title favorites / Laurence Griffiths / Getty Images
“So you would think playing against City, the whole world is defending against City, so there’s one area where there’s always a defender or more than one defender should be, it’s in his own six-yard box. But in the end, they just square the ball and at the other post it’s completely free.
“And it’s not because all the other teams are stupid, it’s because they do it really well, they send the ball at the right moment, the positioning is almost perfect. That’s why it works so often. ”
Klopp’s Liverpool host Man City on Sunday, with the possibility for the winner to enter the worldwide break, was at the highest of the Premier League desk.