The Reds have been the talk of the town since Jurgen Klopp’s arrival, with 3-1, 4-1 and 6-1 away victories over Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton respectively capturing the imagination.
The popular German coach has brought the renowned ‘Gegenpressing’ to Anfield, a full-throttle style of football which sees his players smother the opposition out of possession.
But writing in his column for the Independent, Higginbotham has denied the popular belief that Liverpool’s pressing is gung-ho and says Klopp’s side have an impressive control over their methods.
“The idea of the continual high press is a myth. Liverpool press very selectively and do not push up tight against opposition players all over the field in search of the ball,” Higginbotham wrote.
“Imagine how it would feel if someone told you to go on to a football field today and to press, press, press, wherever the opposition happened to be. It’s exhausting just to think about it.”
“Even a well-prepared elite Premier League player would be unable to last more than 60 minutes at that lick. Klopp’s team’s pressing is far more pragmatic, realistic – reserved for two specific areas of the field – and the rewards have been rapid because of it.”
Liverpool have certainly been a force to be reckoned with on their travels of late, with their high pressing and counterattacking style causing no end of trouble for the home teams.
But are they a little kamikaze in their approach? While Manchester City certainly had their chances to use the width and hurt Liverpool, the Reds’ defensive solidarity has also been vastly improved.
The likes of Lucas Leiva and Emre Can have come in and shielded the back four superbly, allowing the likes of Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana and Roberto Firmino to press freely.
Results have been much improved, and talk of a title bid no longer sounds out of this world.
But one area in which Liverpool must improve is their ability to match their away form at Anfield, as Klopp’s home form thus far hasn’t been particularly great.