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Jurgen Klopp has told his players that crosses are unlikely to yield results when Liverpool try to get their title challenge back on track against Aston Villa.
Liverpool drew 1-1 with Tottenham on Saturday to allow Manchester City to open up a three-point lead at the top of the Premier League.
A notable statistic from the Spurs game was the amount of crosses Liverpool attempted, with 46 raining down on the Tottenham box during the course of the match. That was something of a departure from their usual style, and Klopp says they will need to be cleverer against Steven Gerrard's Aston Villa on Tuesday. "The crosses you can read easy," he said. "They are not useful in a game like this with the profile of players they have in the box. That makes no sense. "You have to keep going to find the momentum, to pile through the gaps, get to the touchline and square it from there. "The main challenge in a game like this is that you are constantly in a creating mood, knowing each missed pass is a massive problem (as it leaves them open to a counter-attack).
"It is really difficult to stay calm in these moments and do exactly the right thing. Now we have to use the good things, delete the bad things and go from here."
However, despite the Reds' suffering a rare misfire against Tottenham, Klopp does not believe there is anything really to fix about Liverpool right now. "That is how I see it," he said. "That is how I saw the game. So we keep going. "If we win 3-1, you would not have counted crosses. You would not have asked me about that. "It was not a perfect game but the general approach, the counter press was completely on a different level. "We win it and we talk about that - 'Wow the counter press of Liverpool' - we don't win it and we just forget it. I don't because that keeps us going. "We didn't score from a set-piece but we could have because everything was nearly perfect. We have to accept that."
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