Jurgen Klopp might have to miss Liverpool’s FA Cup Third round tie against Shrewsbury Town due to his positive Covid-19 testing – but his “eyes” will still be at Anfield
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Although football looks certain to be back at Anfield on Sunday, Jurgen Klipp’s spot on the touchline is less certain.
After receiving a positive coronavirus test, Liverpool manager David Moyes has been resting at home for the past week. He also missed Sunday’s dramatic 2-2 draw at Chelsea.
Klopp’s was not the only case in the Reds camp. Numerous youth players were also present at the Reds camp this weekend.
Pep Lijnders, the German No.2 in Germany, took over at Stamford Bridge, but he too was forced to isolate, leaving Peter Krawietz as his assistant to manage preparations for the FA Cup match with Shrewsbury Town.
Klopp’s ex-Mainz boss and Borussia Dortmund boss, Krawietz, is still a confidant.
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Klopp could return to the dugout provided he submits a pair negatives test results in the two days before the tie. But, it appears that Klopp’s trusted right-handman will be leading Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.
Krawietz, who are you?
Because of his visual input to Klopp’s teams’ teams, he was nicknamed “the eyes”. They first worked together at Mainz with Krawietz (shadowy operator) acting as a video analyst, before Krawietz was promoted chief scout.
Unsurprisingly, the Germans have the same footballing philosophy.
“Dominance and control, that’s what it’s about,”Krawietz was given the task of taking training at their complex’s reopening on Friday. The Athletic2020
“It has always been in our approach to control football games in a dominant manner. That possibly distinguishes us from other teams.
“We try to dominate, even when we’re not in possession. Gegenpressing is not some wild chase after the ball, it’s predicated on a trigger, designed to minimise the opponent’s time on the ball.
“But the high individual quality of our players also allows us to control games in possession now, and to take up positions close to the ball, to be able to win it back again quickly if we do lose it.”
Klopp’s self-described heart and Zeljko Buvac are the ‘eyes’. Lijnders has now taken over his name tag.
Klopp particularly values Krawietz, his coach staff, and tells the 2017 club website: “I am nothing without them.
“The greatest strength of strong people is to surround yourself with people who can help you in difficult situations.
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“I like them all but we are only together because they have so many qualities. Without them, I didn’t want to do the job – and I couldn’t do the job anymore. That’s how it is.
“When I started I was alone, but that was years ago and the world has changed – especially the football world, so it’s really important we have this quality around.”
If Klopp is indeed forced to stay at home on Sunday, whoever lines up at Anfield will still have his eyes on them from the dugout.