Liverpool goalkeeper Simon Mignolet has talked about the differences in style between current manager Jurgen Klopp and previous coach Brendan Rodgers.
In an interview with Sport Voetbal Magazine in Belgium, the 28 year old explained that Klopp prefers a more direct counter attacking style compared to his predecessor:
“Tactically there are always things which are different for every coach. Each match we adapt one way or another, how to tackle and best answer the opponent. Our game is much more direct, he wants to directly play on the counter-attack, while Brendan was a little more on the ball.”
The Belgium international believes that with a good pre-season behind them, the Liverpool squad will be better prepared to be able to implement Klopp’s ideas more effectively:
“I think we are on the right track and if he’s able to do a whole preparation, with all his points refined, we can have very good start to next season. We have been able to match ourselves against the top teams and we have not let ourselves down in those games. Now we must try to be more consistent.”
Mignolet was speaking ahead of Liverpool’s biggest match of the season against Villarreal in the Europa League semi-final. The first leg takes place at the El Madrigal stadium in Spain on Thursday night with the second leg at Anfield the following week. The Belgian’s performance will be under heavy scrutiny in both legs of the tie after he made another costly error against Newcastle in the league on Saturday. He flapped at a cross which allowed the Magpie back into the game at 2-1 with the match eventually ending in a draw.