Liverpool secured a 0-0 draw with Spurs at White Hart Lane on Saturday, and Stan Collymore has told talkSPORT that he was impressed with the opening stages of the game, but has questioned whether the Reds can play this style of ‘blitzkrieg’ football over a whole season.
Collymore said: “The opening 20 minutes was blitzkrieg football. but can it be sustained over 38 Premier League games, which is harder than the Bundesliga?”
Liverpool started their new era under Klopp in impressive style, taking to the field against Spurs in truly energetic style.
They put Tottenham under a wealth of pressure, and were unlucky not to take the lead in the opening 10 minutes - when only the woodwork prevented an opening goal.
This style of energetic, high-pressing play was what many expected to see from the Reds under Klopp, but few expected to see such an immediate change, with the German coach only being appointed at Anfield at the end of last week.
However, Liverpool came out firing, and looked to be the finished article under Klopp.
Yet, their lack of fitness and inexperience of playing this system showed, as their performance levels dropped off as the game wore on, and Collymore has doubts about whether this style of play can be seen through for an entire season.
It will require all the Liverpool players to have exceptional fitness levels if they are to play 90 minutes every week in this high-pressing style, and Klopp will have to work overtime if he is to coach his players to fulfil this aim - and overcome Collymore’s questioning of the play.