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6 Things We Learned From The Appearance Of Jurgen Klopp On Monday Night Football

6 Things We Learned From The Appearance Of Jurgen Klopp On Monday Night Football
By Gavin Cooney

If Sky's football is produced by focus group, then this week's think-tank was almost certainly held in Liverpool: Jurgen Klopp on Monday Night Football, with no Gary Neville.

The German rose to national prominence in his homeland as a pundit alongside Franz Beckenbauer during the 2006 World Cup, and he was equally impressive on Sky. Here are some of the things we learned from the appearance of Jurgen Klopp on Monday Night Football.

He claims to never have had a bet

When host Dave Jones showed Klopp the current odds for the Premier League title, with Liverpool sitting in second at 8/1, Klopp blew it off by asking what the numbers actually meant, and that he had never placed a bet. "Where I come from, you keep your money", he reminded the rest of the European Union.

Jamie Carragher had a bloody great time

'Teach me to defend corners like one of your French boys'.

He reckons he couldn't have played in one of his own teams 

Klopp played the majority of his career at centre-back with Mainz, in Germany. He quit playing in 2001 when he was offered the Mainz manager's job, and ultimately helped them to promotion to the Bundesliga after a couple of near-misses.

Carragher dug up a clip of Klopp going all Gary Cahill during his career to reinforce his point:

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He prefers not to think too much about systems, and  is a master of Sky's touch-screen

Klopp was asked by Dave Jones whether he plays with one up-front, and Klopp responded by saying he doesn't over-think systems and formations, instead using the old 'when we have the ball, everyone attacks, and when we don't have the ball, everyone defends' mantra of John Giles.

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He offered a great insight into how and why his team counter-press

Klopp confirmed his belief that his famed gegenpressing, or counter-pressing is the best kind of playmaker. While much is talked about the system, oftentimes the nuances of it is missed. Klopp went into decent detail on how and why his teams do it:

He is a man of taste 

He didn't hang around to watch Burnley and Watford.

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Here's hoping Jurgen Klopp on Monday Night Football becomes a regular thing.

See Also: A Complete Look At Jurgen Klopp: Football's Most Extraordinary Everyman 

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