Giggs: How going long can beat Jurgen Klopp's gegenpress
The Jurgen Klopp gameplan is to make the game chaotic - for both sides. There is a lot of high pressing, and rapid turnover of possession, often for both teams. It can be exciting to watch and exhausting to play in and the key is not to fall into the traps that Liverpool set for you. They get back into shape quickly, they are defensively compact and they press very high up the pitch.
On Saturday, Palace will be wary of playing the ball out to the full-backs which Liverpool tend to shut down quickly and in numbers to try to pen in their opponents. The same when the ball goes through central midfield. Any decent midfielder should be confident of taking the ball and passing forward but Liverpool put a lot of pressure on the man in possession and mistakes can happen.
Last season United played Liverpool four times, including the home and away Europa League ties and we beat them twice in the Premier League. Louis felt that the way out of their press was to look to bypass their midfield when it was possible and that was done by going long to Marouane Fellaini, who started all four games. We needed to play the game in their half of the pitch.
As a passing team we would back ourselves to get out of their press, and against Liverpool you have to be sharp with just one or two touches on the ball. But you also realise that with the tempo they create, especially at Anfield, that you also need to vary that and try to put yourself in the driving seat where you are applying pressure direct to the opposition.
More from Ryan Giggs:
- Now Pep Guardiola knows how big his job really is at Manchester City
- Why referees must show the human touch
- Archery, the right suit and teamwork: how to win a cup final
- Arsenal can still thrive – even if Arsene Wenger departs
- I wish Manchester United had signed N'Golo Kante
- The secret to closing out a Premier League title race
- Danny Rose has all the qualities of my old Man Utd mate Patrice Evra
- Why Manchester City's struggles are no surprise
- Zlatan Ibrahimovic has the same aura as Eric Cantona - and is just as lethal
- The night Antonio Conte provoked me into confronting Sir Alex Ferguson - it didn't end well
- Why old-school defending is a dying art
- Mauricio Pochettino has given Spurs a steel they used to lack
- Marcus Rashford can be Manchester United's next No. 9
- The day Pep Guardiola almost forced me to quit football
- Why Man Utd vs Arsenal was my ultimate grudge match
- How going long can beat Jurgen Klopp's gegenpress
- Why I fear this could be Liverpool's year in the Premier League title race
- I have discovered that even Arsenal players can be great company!
- Sir Alex Ferguson left a huge void at Manchester United but decline was not inevitable