KLOPP’S THREE POINT PLAN IS A HOME WIN­NER

LIVER­POOL v EVER­TON

Sunday Express - - FOOTBALL PREMIER LEAGUE - By Steve Bates

JUR­GEN KLOPP re­vealed that he has turned An­field into an un­con­quer­able fortress thanks to the com­bi­na­tion of a re­built sta­dium, a new de­fence and a tac­ti­cal tweak.

Liver­pool head into to­day’s derby with Ever­ton hav­ing con­ceded only one goal in 11 Premier League home games since Fe­bru­ary.

It’s a for­mi­da­ble statis­tic that con­firms Liver­pool’s in­vin­ci­bil­ity in front of the Kop as they try to smash their 29-year ti­tle jinx.

Klopp said: “I hope it will stay like this. It should be nor­mal that it is very dif­fi­cult for other teams to play you in your own sta­dium.

“But of course things can still hap­pen and there were a lot of steps to go when I ar­rived un­til other teams started to think An­field is not the nicest place to go.

“A lot of things hap­pened to the sta­dium. We built a new stand with ev­ery­thing in­side new, which helps a lot.

“It’s a nice en­vi­ron­ment. You feel com­fort­able. It’s our home and it’s nicer than all the other sta­di­ums in the league.

“Now we are there but I don’t think a lot of

Ever­to­ni­ans are go­ing to think about our home record. They will try ev­ery­thing to stop that.”

Klopp has pin­pointed the £142mil­lion ar­rival of Vir­gil van

Dijk (be­low) and keeper Alis­son as vi­tal in turn­ing Liver­pool’s de­fence from leaky to wa­ter­tight.

He added: “From the first sec­ond Vir­gil was bril­liant. It is eas­ier for a cen­tre-half com­ing in and play­ing – the ad­just­ment to the rest of the team is not that mas­sive.

“I knew long be­fore he signed the con­tract that Vir­gil would be out­stand­ing. The mix of his play­ing abil­ity and lead­er­ship makes him out­stand­ing.

“Alis­son may be Brazil­ian but he is com­ing from the colder part of Brazil and it makes him pretty much Euro­pean, so he has set­tled quickly. He is very calm, very good, ev­ery­thing we thought when we signed him.” Klopp’s third suc­cess fac­tor has been the switch from go­ing gung-ho to pro­tect­ing points more cau­tiously. He said: “It was all about be­ing as sta­ble as pos­si­ble in all the games. We knew last year we wanted to be more com­posed, much more com­pact. It is the only way to col­lect points con­sis­tently.”

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