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John Aldridge impressed by Jurgen Klopp's first week as Liverpool manager

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John Aldridge believes Liverpool are in for "an exciting new chapter" following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager.

The former Borussia Dortmund boss was heavy favourite to take over the Anfield hot seat from Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked following the Reds' 1-1 draw with Everton earlier this month.

Klopp made a striking impression on many in his first press conference as manager last Friday, and believes he can guide Liverpool to the Premier League title within four years.

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The German took his first training session on Monday, at which he was joined by those who were not on international duty, including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and Mamadou Sakho.

Klopp also spent Sunday morning at Liverpool's academy in the Kirkby suburb of the city observing the club's younger talents.

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And Aldridge feels his former side have employed the right man for the job and has been impressed by the 48-year-old thus far.

"I thought Jurgen Klopp's performance in his opening press conference was 10 out of 10," the 57-year-old wrote in his column for the Liverpool Echo.

"He's a clever man – he's not soft – I like the way he talked about going to the restaurant with his wife and then posed for photos with the Liverpool people.

"It showed another side to him and there are a few other managers who wouldn't have done that. He knows what he wants and he wants to get his character out there.

"He's very passionate – that a lot of other managers don't show – but I love to see. His first week on Merseyside has been really impressive the way he's fronting it. I'm really pleased that we've got someone in as soon as possible.

"His credentials seem to be very good and Liverpool fans everywhere are looking forward to a new chapter in the club's history."

Klopp will be in the dug-out for the first time for Liverpool's away trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

He'll have less than a week to get his new side prepared following the international break and will look to drum his philosophy of pressing and intensity into his team ahead of the trip to White Hart Lane.

Given the defensive frailties exposed under Rodgers, Klopp will likely be keen to add solidarity at the back. Rodgers often toyed with the formation of his defence and favoured three centre-backs when things weren't going to plan.

At Dortmund, Klopp strictly played four in defence, which he may well repeat at Anfield. 

Liverpool have sorely missed a leader in their rear guard since Jamie Carragher retired in 2013.

Klopp's steward in defence at Dortmund was Mats Hummels and the ex-Mainz coach will be keen to establish a similar player. Sakho, Martin Skrtel and Dejan Lovren are all in the running for the role.

The Reds currently sit tenth in the Premier League having scooped just 12 points from their opening eight matches.

Klopp will seek to salvage the slow start to the new campaign with there renewed faith amongst Reds fans that anything is possibly under the eccentric German.

Liverpool only trail leaders Manchester City by six points and, although it would be a near impossible chance, there is still an outside possibility of Klopp completing the unimaginable.

A realistic aim for Klopp has to be a decent cup run, though. Although he will be hopeful of a top four finish, it will prove a very difficult task considering he did not have pre-season to get his squad into the shape that he would have liked.

Kopites have been starved of silverware since 2012, when Liverpool won the League Cup. The trophy cabinet at Anfield is beginning to look a little bare and if Klopp can win a cup, it sets him up for a big season next year.

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