Liverpool’s kids will continue to feel Jurgen Klopp’s eyes even though he doesn’t play in the FA Cup tie

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 spent the last week in isolation at home. He missed Chelsea’s dramatic 2-2 draw.

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 (German No.2) took over at Stamford Bridge. However, he was also forced into isolation. Peter Krawietz, his fellow assistant, will now oversee preparations for Shrewsbury Town’s FA Cup clash.

Fans need not worry, Krawietz is a trusted confidant of Klopps’s since 2001, when he worked alongside the Borussia Dortmund boss.

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Klopp continues to be isolated after a positive Covid-19 testing
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Klopp could return to the dugout provided he submits a pair negatives test results in the two days before the third round tie. But it appears that Klopp’s trusted right-handman will be leading Liverpool on Sunday afternoon.

Krawietz, who are you?

They were nicknamed “the eyes” because of their visual input on Klopp teams. Krawietz was shadowy operator at Mainz and they worked together for a while before Krawietz was promoted to chief Scout.

Unsurprisingly, the Germans have the same football philosophy.

“Dominance and control, that’s what it’s about,”Krawietz, who was assigned to take training when the complex reopened Friday, was told 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.”






Krawietz has been training in Klopp’s absence with Lijnders

Klopp is the self-described ‘heart’ of his staff. Zeljko Buvac was ‘the brain’.

Klopp adores Krawietz and his coaching staff. Club’s Website in 2017: “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.

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