Jurgen Klopp has three basic instructions ready for every member of his new squad at Liverpool: run, run and, you guessed it, run.
This is according to the Liverpool Echo - via the Mirror - who understand that Klopp is likely to push his new players to their physical limits over the forthcoming weeks and months as he puts down his unique mark at Anfield.
Klopp’s teams at Borussia Dortmund and Mainz 05 both worked tirelessly - pressing from the front, winning back possession seconds after losing the ball, etc. - in order to win matches. It proved successful and Klopp clearly sees no reason why the same can’t happen under his management at Liverpool.
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The Liverpool Echo use quotes from Tim Hoogland, who was signed by Klopp for Mainz in 2007, as an example of what the likes of Daniel Sturridge, Jordan Henderson and Philippe Coutinho can expect with Klopp in charge at Anfield.
“You have to run. That’s it,” Hoogland was quoted as telling FourFourTwo. “I think this is one of the important things you have to know about him. The whole team has to run 120 km (74.5 miles) collectively every game. 120km minimum.”
This sentiment was echoed by Patrick Owomoyela, who played under Klopp with BVB between 2008 and 2013.
“In his first year he said he wouldn’t guarantee anything apart from that when we reached 120km per game then it would be much harder for us to lose,” the former Germany international commented.
“He actually offered us a day off when we reached that target. He thought that if we reached that then we would win the game. And from then on it became easy because we understood that his plan would work.”
Milner unlikely to be fazed...
One player in the Liverpool squad who is unlikely to be fazed by Klopp’s demands is James Milner.
According to EA Sports’ Player Performance Index, the England international is officially the most industrious player in the Premier League this season, having covered 99.906km in eight matches.
How will Liverpool's players cope?
How the likes of Christian Benteke and Adam Lallana will cope with Klopp’s demands remains to be seen - former striker Stan Collymore reckons both players might struggle under the revered German coach - but it will be fascinating to see if Liverpool begin to mirror Klopp’s brilliant Borussia Dortmund side as the months roll on.
Liverpool fans: are you confident that Jurgen Klopp has the right players to make his philosophy a success - or does he need a clear-out in January? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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