Jurgen Klopp - three changes the German will make at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp looks set to take the hot-seat at Anfield, with Liverpool officials in talks to ink a deal with the German.

Klopp is the favourite take over from Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked following the Reds' 1-1 away draw against Everton on Sunday.

In the latter stages of Rodgers' reign, things began to get stale. There was a lack of passion and identity from the Liverpool players and, on the whole, a change was crying out to be made.


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Klopp will come to Anfield in a positive mindset after having a short break from football and there's no doubt that he will already have several ideas of his own to change Liverpool's style of play.

This season, the Reds have been predictable going forward and there have been far too many defensive errors, and there's likely several swaps the former Borussia Dortmund manager will make for Liverpool's next game against Tottenham Hotspur on October 17.

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Four at the back

Liverpool had several flaws during Rodgers' three-year stint as manager but the greatest one was their defensive record.

There were far too many frailties in the rear guard; the Reds conceded no less than 50 goals when they almost won the league in 2014 and Romelu Lukaku's equaliser for Everton on Sunday came from a terrible mistake by Emre Can.

There was little coherence about Rodgers' set-up. Overall, there was too many chops and changes and, more importantly, too many formation switches.

When Liverpool's teamsheet was announced prior to kick-off under the Northern Irishman, it was sometimes difficult to identify whether they would start playing either three or four in defence.

Three at the back was Rodgers' safety net during difficult periods. When Liverpool had a mini-turn around last term after Christmas, the change to three at the back did help somewhat.  Rodgers also favoured it, for the most part, this term before facing the axe.

Klopp will want to quickly add much-needed stability in the Reds' back four. 

He favoured playing four at the back during his seven years at Dortmund and the likelihood is that he would deploy the same system at Anfield.

A four man defence would be very much appreciated by Liverpool fans. Too often, three centre backs caused confusion about who was marking who, especially if the opposition played with just one striker.

Klopp will be keen to quickly establish a leader in his new defence, much like he did with Mats Hummels at Die Borussen. 

Dortmund had a fine defensive record through the commanding figure of Hummels and they had the best defence in the league by a long way when winning the Bundesliga in 2011, conceding a mere 22 goals.

Liverpool have several candidates who could act as the general in the heart of the defence.

Martin Skrtel has unfortunately been reluctant take up the leader role following the retirement of Jamie Carragher in 2011. Despite being the club's longest serving player, Skrtel has not stepped up to the plate when he really should have and there seems no reason why he would now.

The man who could be handed the responsibility by Klopp is Mamadou Sakho. The Frenchman is a regular for his country and captained former club Paris Saint-Germain at just 17. 

Sakho is well liked amongst Kopites and many feel he is the man who can lead the defence.

Nathaniel Clyne hasn't impressed as much as he did at Southampton since moving to Anfield for £12 million during the summer.

However, the England international has not been suited to play wing-back under Rodgers and prefers to press forward from deeper positions. Playing as a conventional right back, it would allow arguably the Premier League's best full-back last season to use his full arsenal on the break.

Can into midfield

When Rodgers did go with three at the back, Can was often used on the right-hand side.

The 21-year-old did well on occasions but, in general, was never comfortable and always had a mistake in him - his poor clearance that led to Everton's goal displayed just one of many he has made in the past.

Can has been given rare opportunities in the centre of midfield at Liverpool, but has impressed when he has. He's a strong, powerful unit who likes to dominate his central counterparts and it is no doubt his best position.

Liverpool are lacking a real presence in the middle of the park who can make things happen. Jordan Henderson and James Milner are both hard workers but they lack the real killer instinct that has been missing in recent months at Anfield.

Klopp knows all about the talents of Can, being compatriots, and would have seen plenty of the midfielder in Germany when he was playing for Bayer Leverkusen.


Gegenpressing is a term that we're going to hear a lot in the foreseeable future. 

It is a word that describes the tactics that Klopp uses and it relies on intensity - both on and off the ball, to win back possession from the opposition.

It is a system that can overwhelm the opposing team and is supposed to force mistakes from them before hitting quickly on the counter-attack.

Liverpool players may have to get used to double training sessions in the coming months until their fitness is at the right level for gegenpressing to be mastered.

However, before everyone's fitness is on a par, Klopp will look to Henderson and Milner to be chief protagonists and lead by example in the system.

Captain and vice-captain, the pair have a distinct advantage over many of their team-mates; stamina.

Henderson and Milner are renowned for their incredible work-rate and are known to never give up.

Klopp will want this from every one of his players sooner rather than later but, at the start of his reign, the two England team-mates will be given a serious task by their new boss. Milner's duties will be even more difficult whilst Henderson still recovers from injury but the two indeed fit the bill.

Another in a similar position is Danny Ings. He's been highly praised for his work-rate from the front and that will be relished by Klopp.

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