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Liverpool assistant manager Pep Lijnders has revealed that Jurgen Klopp urges each of his players to touch the ball before scoring in training. The Reds’ practice paid off on several occasions last season as the possession-based clinical philosophy inspired by great managers Arrigo Sacchi and Johan Cruyff was a key factor in the success of Klopp’s side.

Despite falling woefully short on the Premier League and Champions League fronts, Liverpool won a domestic cup double last campaign as they followed up on February’s League Cup success with an FA Cup triumph in May. The Reds were frantic at times, dazzling with their exciting, attacking approach which saw them score 147 goals in 63 games as a unit last season.

Opening up on the secret to Liverpool’s success, Lijnders has revealed in his upcoming club book that preparation has been an integral part of the Reds’ recent glory, with Klopp setting the bar high in training. The Dutch coach has revealed that to ensure Liverpool are in possession, Klopp requires every one of his players to be involved in goals in training.

Writing in ‘Intensity: Inside Liverpool FC – Our Identity’, Lijnders wrote: “We often shout in training: ‘Everyone must touch the ball before they score!’ That’s why it’s extra-cool that it happened with our third goal against Norwich, I couldn’t have been prouder.

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“A bit of Cruyff was there, ‘Total Football’. I celebrated that goal for many reasons more intensely than others. We always said at Porto, ‘There is no need for food after a football quality like this.

“Bringing together a German who admires [Arrigo] Sacchi and a Dutchman who admires Cruyff and you create a monster! Jürgen has said it so often.

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