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Can Jürgen Klopp Make Liverpool Great Again?

March 20, 2016

- Grant Whittington

 

When it comes to Premier League news, the arrival of manager Jürgen Klopp on Merseyside represented a huge story. After all, the German excelled during his time at Borussia Dortmund, winning two league titles, a league and cup double and appearing in a Champions League final against domestic rivals Bayern Munich. With his uniquely charismatic persona and aggressive style of play also renowned for thrilling fans, his appointment as Liverpool boss was without a doubt  welcomed by the entire Premier League.

The Impact of Klopp at Anfield

Barely six months into his role, Klopp has certainly made an impression at Liverpool. Having already reached the League Cup Final and qualified for the Quarter Final of the Europa League (where the Reds will face Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund), Liverpool have begun to play in the image of their manager. Adopting a fast and fluent counter-attacking style and the fundamental principles of the relentless Gegenpressing, the Reds have excited fans and earned some stunning results in a challenging season.

In this respect, Klopp has already been a huge success. While bitter rivals Manchester United have struggled to achieve a clear identity under experienced manager Louis Van Gaal during his two-year tenure, Liverpool have already begun to implement their manager’s energetic and positive philosophy. This has been the catalyst for some stunning results on the road, even though Klopp needs to temper his playing style when teams come to Anfield and defend in greater depth.

Are Liverpool set for another Golden Era?

Klopp exudes positivity in everything that he does, from the way in which he talks and interacts with players to the intense style of play that demand from his charges. Despite this the Reds have been inconsistent throughout Klopp’s tenure, with the recent 3-2 defeat and concession of a two-goal lead at Southampton representing their season in microcosm. This issue can be explained by the squad at Klopp’s disposal, with some players not equipped to play with such mobility and intensity.

Klopp’s style is certainly suited to the diminutive Brazilian duo of Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino, however, while the German has also been pledged up to £200 million to spend on new players this summer. Given this and Klopp’s appeal to among top players in the modern game, the Reds may be able to attract the type of talent that can help them to make the most of their new style.

With this in mind, there is every chance that Klopp can make Liverpool great once again.

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