Jurgen Klopp has been confirmed as Liverpool’s next manager and his spell at Anfield will mark the beginning of his football career outside of Germany.
He was a player at Mainz 05, a team he went on to manage for seven years before moving on to Borussia Dortmund, the club where he established himself.
Whilst at BVB, he won the Bundesliga twice, the DFB-Pokal once and the DFL-Supercup three times, proving that he can win trophies, which is exactly what Liverpool need as they have failed to win the league since 1990.
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His career win percentage is an impressive 49.5% but the real reason he was the desired candidate is because of the way he gets his team to play.
The style of play which underpins Barcelona is commonly known as ‘tiki-taka’, the style Klopp implemented at Dortmund goes by the less attractive name of ‘gegenpressing’.
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It is a rather simplistic idea but it’s execution is anything but. Gegenpressing is where the players on the field play as if they are a goal down with only a couple of minutes on the clock remaining, for the full 90 minutes. They hassle the opponents all over the pitch, they counter-attack at pace and in great numbers; put simply they don’t give their opponents a moments rest.
There are drawbacks to this style, however; it can leave the players running on empty with time left on the clock for their opposition to do something about it. The players under Klopp tend to cover impressive distances during the 90 minutes but tired legs in the Premier League can cost games.
The team he will be greeted by is good enough, but have in back-to-back seasons lost big names, in the shape of Steven Gerrard, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling, and saw Brendan Rodgers have to adapt and reshape his team time and time again, with no set foundation.
He also had to delve into the transfer market and he never quite managed to get all the new players to perform.
Klopp has the backing of the fans as they want him to recreate the excitement which characterised his time at Borussia Dortmund. Given time, I am sure Klopp can make the changes needed but they will not simply happen overnight.
However, with a little bit of investment in key areas Jurgen Klopp could provide the best opportunity Liverpool have had in a while to mount a charge and to establish themselves as a top four team.
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