Eddie Howe wishes to turn Newcastle United into another Liverpool team


Eddie Howe has admitted that he never gets bored of watching Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool plays, noting that he could add Liverpool’s style of executing games into Newcastle United’s style of football.

Liverpool are one of the fiercest teams in Europe when it comes to intense attacking football. Jurgen Klopp’s players are never tired of running at the opposition’s defensive line. Liverpool’s counter-attacking movement is swift, direct, and very sharp. Almost everyone in the team could be involved in a build-up to a goal in a very fast manner.

Some describe Jurgen Klopp’s style of football as “heavy metal football”, others describe his style of football as Gegenpressing or counter-pressing as they hardly allow the opposition to enjoy ball possession. Once they win the ball, they attack the opposition mostly from the wings.

One thing that is peculiar about Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is that the team always starts every game with the 4-3-3 formation – four defenders, three midfielders, and three forwards.

Ahead of Newcastle United’s meeting with Liverpool on April 30, 2022, coach Eddie Howe was asked whether his team could adopt one formation for every game like Liverpool, the coach said he has a history of doing so.

“I have always had a slight element of both. Historically I always like to play one system”, coach Eddie Howe told the Chronicles.

“But then when you come to the Premier League and you see the strength of the teams and the tactics, the flexibility, we had to evolve and adapt and play in slightly different ways.

“Coming here the players needed some consistent information. We felt changing continually wouldn’t be good for our development as a team.

“We’ve been very consistent. Even in games where tactically we knew we had games where tactically, like Tottenham, we knew the way we play with a back five that tactically that might be an issue for us.

“We wanted to be consistent in our approach. We felt that was what our team needed. In the future, I’d be very open to changing things we needed to. Our players are in a slightly different frame of mind.”

The revolution of Newcastle United under Eddie Howe could be another Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool in the making

Eddie Howe wishes to turn Newcastle United into another Liverpool team

After staying jobless for a year, Newcastle United decided to appoint Eddie Howe as the head coach of the Premier League club. At the time Howe was appointed, the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium just paid over £300 million to buy the club. Also, at that point, Newcastle United were rooted at the bottom of the Premier League table.

Many thought the Saudi Arabia-backed consortium would start developing Newcastle United from the second tier next season. But Eddie Howe proved doubters wrong by turning around the fortunes of the club in less than five months.

Howe made a couple of signings in the January transfer window this season including Joe Willock, Chris Wood, Kieran Trippier, Matt Targett, Dan Burn, and many others who helped him to push the club from the relegation zone to safety.

From the bottom of the relegation zone, Eddie Howe has been able to push Newcastle United to the 9th spot on the league table with 43 points in 34 games. They have recorded seven Premier League victories and a draw in their last ten Premier League games.

Ahead of Newcastle United’s meeting with Liverpool which is scheduled to kick off at 12:30 on Saturday, April 30, 2022, coach Eddie Howe admitted that Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool style of football is good and worth emulating.

Howe said: “If it brings the results he’s got – I call it whatever you want. As I said earlier he’s done an incredible job. His style of football is very, very good.

“I never get bored watching Liverpool. They are very intense, attack well and press very well – and you never get dull games with his teams. That is a credit to Jurgen and his coaching team. So yeah I think I can definitely take elements of their game and put them into ours.”


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