Sometimes it’s hard to identify the changes a new manager has made to his side after just 90 minutes of football, but Liverpool under, Jurgen Klopp, looked a completely different side.
Forget about the result. The final score was always going to be less important than the performance. It’s strange to say that in a Premier League match, but it was all about the display on Saturday.
Whilst the team's performance will hopefully improve under the German, it was the attitude of the squad that was spot on.
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The main difference that Liverpool fans would have noticed was the confidence that appeared to spread amongst the team.
It was obvious. Every player wanted the ball and was always confident on it, attempting to find a red shirt with a pass. Nobody hid from the ball and nobody was scared of making a mistake.
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Yes, confidence often leads to mistakes and we saw Liverpool give the ball away plenty of times. But Klopp wouldn't have been too worried about that. He’ll be pleased that the players were trying to do the right things, even if the execution was sometimes off.
A couple of players displayed their new found confidence more than others: Mamadou Sakho and Adam Lallana.
Sakho is a good ball-playing centre-back, although he can sometimes look nervy when in possession.
However, he looked calm and composed at the weekend. Countless times he dealt with a long ball by controlling it on his chest and keeping possession rather than just heading it away as he always used to do. It was the Sakho of old with the ball at his feet and it was great to watch.
Lallana had one of his best games in a Liverpool shirt on Saturday. He was heavily involved in every attack and always looked dangerous with the ball at his feet.
Technically he’s brilliant but he often drifts in and out of matches so it’s important that he gets the ball as much as possible. On Saturday, he did, and his tricky feet often caused problems for the Spurs defence.
When Klopp arrived at Anfield there was a lot of talk about his ‘gegenpressing’ style – attempting to win the ball back as soon as you've lost it in the final third. Early on at White Hart Lane you could easily see the philosophy that he had tried to instil into the players.
In the second half, Liverpool tired and they couldn't maintain their high-energy game, but there was definitely early signs of Klopp’s Liverpool.
It just feels nice, as a Liverpool fan, to be confident that the manager is the right man. No matter what the result is we can have faith that the manager knows how to fix the problems and improve the team.
It will take time for Klopp to transform this current crop of players into his squad, but his reign at the club is going to be fun. Liverpool fans should enjoy the ride because we know the man driving is perfect for the job.
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