Burnley manager Sean Dyche has had his say on Liverpool’s style of play in the Champions League final back in June.
As per the Daily Mirror, Dyche has no issue with the way the Reds saw off Tottenham 2-0 in Madrid, but feels it is an advert for a more direct style in the modern game.
He said: “The time will come when people start playing it longer again. Glenn Hoddle was the best passer of a football I’ve ever seen. Why would you say, ‘I only want you to pass it 10 yards’ when he’s got two cannons in his feet? I always get caned for saying that but I don’t know why.
“You soon swallow your pride about playing out from your own six-yard box if you stop losing and start winning. Check out Liverpool’s passing stats in the Champions League final – 67 per cent pass completion, only 280 passes in 90 minutes. Anti-football won the European Cup final. There you go.”
TBR’s View – Liverpool played poorly in the final but were so determined to get the job done
The early goal distorted the Champions League final for Liverpool. Within one minute, they had the game within the palm of their hands so had no need to execute their gameplan to take the game to Spurs.
They seemed confused about what to do, apart from show a real desire to keep the clean sheet they needed to lift the famous trophy a year after they lost the final to Real Madrid.
Dyche isn’t criticising Liverpool, but that display would not be one Jurgen Klopp would want to see repeated too often.