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Liverpool are revelling in 'Kloppmania'

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The north-west love their football, particularly the individuals who they can relate to.

Never before has a manager been appointed to more global appreciation than that of Jurgen Klopp.

Indeed, it is bordering on hysteria - hence the title: 'Kloppmania'. Such is the belief amongst fans this is the man who can produce that long-awaited league title, that he is being compared with the four most popular Liverpool boys ever. The Beatles inspired the world and scousers will be forever proud of them.

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Times move on and now a German is trusted with the job of winning a title. Back in the 1960's, in The Beatles heyday, such a thing would have been unthinkable.

However, the Kop is famous for its multicultural base and foreigners have been able to achieve a hero status over the years. Spanish trio Luis Garcia, Fernando Torres and Xabi Alonso are fondly remembered, as is Argentine Javier Mascherano and previous Liverpool legends in the form of Patrick Berger and John Arne Riise. More recently, Luis Suarez earned the love of The Kop - before his 'incidents' anyway.

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On the German front, an extremely popular adopted scouser is Dietmar Hamann, widely regarded as the reason for the miracle of Istanbul. Losing 3-0 at half-time - on comes Didi... and the rest is history.

Now, there is Klopp and even though he has just one match under his belt, he has been adopted.

Why? Perhaps it is his achievements at Borussia Dortmund or the similarities between his former and current clubs. In actual fact, the biggest reason is the character of the man himself.

He has such energy, enthusiasm and charisma the fans of his team cannot help but fall in love. His style of football also befits Liverpool's own values - with a focus on pressing and attractive football. Some managers in the past have failed because they have not delivered this ideal brand of football - Roy Hodgson to name one.

Saturday's game against Spurs wasn't the most exciting, but the emphasis was to avoid conceding and they didn't - thanks, in part, to Simon Mignolet and a few good blocks.

The signs of improvement were evident, though, defenders throwing their body on the line for the team and the boss was a sight to behold. Those aspects had been missing towards the end of Rodgers' tenure at the club.

It is often said players hold the power and it certainly seemed that way as Rodgers was sacked once his team stopped performing for him. Klopp will not have the same problem.

Liverpool could have lost Saturday's game against a decent side - unbeaten since the opening day - however, they also could have won it.

Had Divock Origi been a bit braver when the ball rebounded to him off the crossbar, he could have scored with his face. A draw may have been a fair result, but it was nice Liverpool picked up a point instead of dropping two by failing to press home an advantage.

The future is bright once again at Merseyside and fans are dreaming the way they used to. Time will tell if there is a golden sky after the storms of recent seasons. Liverpool need to learn the value of teamwork again.

The fans deserve a title and Klopp deserves time. The signs are there he can deliver, even if he wishes there were eight days in a week as he looks to impose his values on a squad of talented players.

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