From the moment Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield you could feel the excitement and anticipation around the club. The Reds had performed somewhat of a coup in bringing the German, a manager who had been linked with the biggest jobs in world football, in.
The fans were rightly elated that such a man had come to their club, a club that has fallen far from where it once was, longing for the glory days of the ’70s and ’80s. With Klopp’s acquisition, the Anfield faithful began to dream once more. Klopp has won the league in Germany transforming Dortmund from also-rans to one of the most formidable sides in Europe and the hope is that the he does exactly the same for the Reds.
Time will only tell if Klopp can replicate his success, but there already signs of a positive nature that the club isn’t far away from where it wants to be. The former Mainz boss has certainly been a breath of fresh air in his press conferences and it’s his personality that has endeared him quickly to the English game.
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Under Brendan Rodgers the team looked ponderous, and playing football games didn’t look natural for the players towards the end of his tenure. This is in stark contrast to how the team go out and play until the final whistle now, with the Rads having scored memorable late goals against Dortmund, Norwich and West Brom, among others, and this is all thanks to the belief Klopp has brought to his side that there is always time to save the game.
Klopp’s relaxed nature in his press conferences must rub off on the players on the training ground. The German seamlessly fitted into his new surroundings and began to relax his players. This is demonstrated best in the performances of the likes of Dejan Lovren – who has become Liverpool’s best defender – and Adam Lallana – who now looks like the player he was at Southampton – as well as many others who have flourished under the German’s guidance where they seemed to be being hindered in the Anfield spotlight prior to his arrival.
Liverpool have scored more goals than anyone else in the Premier League since the turn of the year and whilst that stat counts for little in terms of silverware, it suggests the Reds are becoming one of the most threatening sides in the league. Players like Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino and Philipe Coutinho have been flying under Klopp’s tutelage and surely, with time, they’re only going to get better.
Liverpool’s defence has been largely criticised for much of the season and has left a lot to be desired when it came to set pieces but there are signs of hope. Dejan Lovren is beginning to show why the club paid out such a big fee for him and he was forming a miserly partnership with Mamadou Sakho, before the Frenchman failed a drugs test. The indication is though, that Klopp can improve defences just as much as the attacking players and this is something the Reds have needed for some time.
Klopp has really connected with the fans and sees it as a perfect replication of his relationship with those at Dortmund. He knows how passionate the Anfield crowd is and has tapped into this at every opportunity to inspire his side to some impressive victories. The atmospheres at the Europa League games in particular have been incredible and Klopp will be doing everything he can to ensure he and his side experience many more in the future.