Kuyt loving total football

Last updated : 23 January 2011 By Al Campbell

The Reds have ditched the long ball game so beloved of Roy Hodgson and returned to pass and move under Kenny Dalglish. Kuyt believes the new attacking style is similar to Holland's famous 'total football.'

"It comes close to the Dutch style. ­Playing with early pressure on the opponents and a passing game with the ball low on the ground. Not all those long balls anymore," said the Dutch international.

"Dalglish and [Steve] Clarke have this ­vision. If you have Torres and Gerrard in the team, we will be stronger against 80 per cent of the ­opponents when we put the ­pressure on them in their own half.

"The combination of ­Dalglish and Clarke is a ­really good one. Clarke has come in from outside the club.

"He has the same role as he had earlier with Mourinho at Chelsea. Under Clarke we now do totally different training sessions. We do a lot of positional play in small spaces.

"And while Clarke is ­doing sessions with us, Dalglish will talk all the stress away from the players.

"He is a living legend here. He has the charisma, the experience and the ­confidence to create peace. He also has a fabulous ­connection with the fans. They love him here.

"I could not believe it the first time he went out on the pitch against Everton, 11 years since he last coached a team.

"The noise at Anfield was incredible. With Dalglish the atmosphere at the club is changing."