In a prelude to the Carabao Cup third-round clash between Leicester City and Liverpool, former assistant to Pep Guardiola and current Leicester manager, Enzo Maresca, expressed his admiration for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool squad.
Maresca believes that the Reds are on the brink of regaining their status as a dominant force in English and European football.
Maresca, who enjoyed a two-year stint under Pep Guardiola’s tutelage, shared his insights on Klopp’s Liverpool during a pre-match interview.
He praised Liverpool’s relentless pressing and cohesive playing style, describing it as nothing short of “unbelievable.”
“I’ve tried to analyze and study Jurgen Klopp for a long time now because the way they work and the way they press is unbelievable. When they had Sadio Mane, Mo Salah, and Roberto Firmino, it was incredible.”
Maresca went on to highlight Liverpool’s intensity and aggressiveness, emphasizing that they maintain a consistent approach regardless of the opponent or competition.
He likened their performance to a well-oiled machine and noted their exceptional ability in transition and off-the-ball play, declaring them the best in the world in these aspects over the past seven to eight years.
While acknowledging Manchester City’s status as the best team in the world in terms of style of play, Maresca expressed confidence that Liverpool was on par with them when it came to transition and off-the-ball tactics.
“Now, they have some new players. They need time to adapt – but they will go again,” Maresca remarked optimistically.
He acknowledged that maintaining the same high level of performance for five or six years is an impossible feat but believes that Liverpool is on the cusp of reaching their former glory.
“You need time to recycle the team. They are changing some players, but it will only be a short time before they are fighting for the Premier League and Champions League again. For sure, a short time,” Maresca concluded.
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