The biggest news coming out of English Football over the past 2 weeks has been the bonding between Liverpool and the German Jurgen Klopp. Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers after 3 and a half trophy less years and have appointed one of the most charismatic managers in Europe. This move has re-kindled lost hope in the Kop as many fans have started to believe that the club will regain its glory days under their new manager.
Jurgen Klopp has a very good history with the German Club Borussia Dortmund where he built them from scratch into one of the biggest teams in Europe. He has twice won the Bundesliga with BVB and installed his own style of play at the club. His team was full of energy and relentless in pressing. His teams are usually very quick in passing and rarely dwell on possession.
This is the biggest question in every Liverpool fan’s mind. From a possession based football under Rodgers, how will the team be able to settle into the Klopp’s way. Liverpool were close to winning the league in 2013-14 season and one of the important factors that season was the swiftness of passing up front and the pressure that was put on the opponents.
But the club has off late lost its identity and Jurgen Klopp’s first assignment as the Liverpool manager will be to bring back that identity to the club. However, it is to be seen if Klopp will use the same tactics he used at his previous club or of he will tailor his methods to fit the English style of play.
Klopp also has to deal with the added physicality of the Premier League. The EPL is known as one of the most physical leagues and Klopp will take time to get used to the English way. He will need all the expertise available if he wants to be successful in the first year at the helm of Liverpool.
Klopp has already promised the Liverpool supporters that he will try and bring back the title in his reign as a manager but everything will start on Saturday at the White Hart Lane. Though it is the first match, we will get an idea of how Liverpool will play and how the new era in the history of the club will pan out.
Tottenham have won just one out of the last 6 meetings between the two teams and will be hoping to inflict early wounds in Klopp’s armor. Both clubs are missing some star players for the game and will not be at full strength. Both managers will be hoping to get the best out of the squad on the day and not wait for the injured players to turn up.
Klopp is un-doubtedly one of the better managers around Europe but the fact that he has never managed a club outside Germany shows a lot. He has been to England with BVB during European competitions but feeling the pressure first hand will always be different.
The new Liverpool manager will have to step up to the tasks and upgrade his game so as to make it suitable for Premier League. This might take more time than usual but the manager will hope that the players, fans and the owners will be patient with his work.
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