This week marks four years since Jurgen Kloop’s first game as Liverpool manager and all these while he has transformed the game. Keep on reading this article for more details.
Klopp took over from Brendan Rodgers who was a former manager of Liverpool and saw a draw at Tottenham who were hosting on 17 October 2015 in his first game in charge of an inexperienced Liverpool team.
Since then, Klopp took over the charge and has overhauled the youthful squad, helped and led them to Champions League glory and turned the club into gold with Premier League title contenders.
This Sunday, Liverpool players head to Old Trafford to face Manchester United, live on Sky Sports, with an eight-point lead at the top of the table over Manchester City which has been a great performance by the team so far
“Of the 18 that were in the squad that day, only four are still at the club who are Adam Lallana, Divock Origi, James Milner and Nathaniel Clyne. There’s only eight who are still there from the 30-man squad”.
Liverpool’s line up in their first game
Liverpool vs Spurs (17 Oct 2015) – Mignolet, Clyne, Sakho, Skrtel, Moreno; Milner, Lucas, Can, Coutinho, Lallana; Origi
Substitution – Bogdan, Toure, Randall, Allen, Ibe, Teixeira, Sinclair
That really shows how klopp has done an incredible job over the years. He has transformed Liverpool back into a powerful force in European football, that is feared by some of the biggest sides in Europe and he has made them into a winning title contender.
The Evolution of Liverpool
Liverpool play with a characteristically intense pressing game and their was an evidence of that game plan in his very first match in charge. However, since then, Klopp has recruited players who suit his preferred style better and also learnt to adapt the methods to the rigours of the Premier League.
In that first game against Spurs, Liverpool ran 5km further than they had in any game all season. So straight away he had an impact – he was only there three days and he had an impact.
Steven Gerrard said that he would have ‘loved’ the opportunity to play under Jurgen Klopp.
With the better players he’s got in, with the bigger squad he’s got he has refined that now so they still have that high energy pressing game but in a different way now. They’re more targeted in the way they do that.
Klopp had a plan from the start and you could not only see what the plan was, you could see it evolving over those four years. And it has evolved to make them into a top European side.
“That squad he inherited, I think it was much worse than the squad Manchester United has currently. Yet Klopp got them to two finals in his first season and since then he’s got them in the Champions League every season.”
As well as finding players with the right physical and technical abilities to fit into his preferred approach, Klopp has also been careful with the types of personalities he has brought into his squad.
“They nearly signed Nabil Fekir from Lyon last summer and in the end the reason they didn’t sign him was not because of the injury – and he did have an injury, which was a problem but they could have done the deal. There were other problems: he got his brother involved, began demanding more money, wouldn’t speak to the Liverpool people. Klopp was like, ‘we can’t have that personality in our squad’.
Fans at every club in the Premier League would want him as their manager as per my understanding. Even Manchester United fans have said ‘we’d have loved to have Klopp as our manager’ because he’s a mix of this truly top class manager but also this personality that fans love as well.
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