Emre Can explains one aspect of Liverpool's play that has improved this season

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Sunderland's Duncan Watmore

Emre Can picks out the side's counter pressing as an area that has improved between this season and last.

Liverpool midfielder Emre Can has told Sky Sports that he believes the Reds' counter-pressing has improved this season compared to last.

Jurgen Klopp began to implement his ideas from his appointment as manager in October last year and there have been significant signs of progress since the start of this season in August, with the German having spent an entire pre-season with them. 

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Sunderland's Duncan Watmore

Can told Sky Sports: "We work on this every day on the training field. Everybody knows that we counter-press. When we lose the ball we look to win it back as soon as possible. But you can't do it alone, you have to do it all together.

"If you see our performances from last year to this year, you can see that we have got better at it. It's a key part of our game without the ball. But with it we have to control the game and dominate. I think we're getting better at that every game. Everyone is working so hard."

Liverpool's Emre Can in action with Sunderland's Didier Ndong

It has certainly been reflected in the results so far this season, which has seen the Reds take 30 points from their opening 13 games in the Premier League, and they are just one point off the top of the table, putting them right in the thick of the title race. 

There were flashes of Liverpool's counter pressing, and overall performances, clicking last season but not on a consistent basis. There were very good performances against the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea but there were not many winning runs. However they have shown they are capable of that this season. 

Liverpool's intensity seems to have gone up a level overall, which has contributed to them dominating more games and getting more wins on the board. Can clearly feels there is even more room for improvement, which should excite fans as the season goes on now there is a platform to build from. 

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