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Rafa Honigstein exclusive: Jurgen Klopp has already changed Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp has provided huge belief to Liverpool since his arrival, says football expert Rafa Honigstein.

Klopp recorded his first Premier League win in charge of the Reds against Chelsea on Saturday after beating Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup side and three consecutive draws in his short tenure so far.

Speaking before their most recent victory, Honigstein believes the German has already made a big difference and his team are looking more of a unit under their new manager.

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"You can see Liverpool as a team, unbeaten and you can see what they're trying to do even if it hasn't paid off for them yet," Honigstein told GiveMeSport.

Slow start

Draws against Tottenham, Rubin Kazan and Southampton meant a slow start to Klopp's Liverpool career, but a narrow 1-0 victory against Bournemouth built some momentum.

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Whilst the results may not have changed too dramatically since the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, a change of belief is evident throughout the squad and the fans.

The atmosphere at Anfield is much better than earlier this season and the players appear to be enjoying their football a lot more.

Doubters to believers

In Klopp's first press conference as Liverpool manager, he urged fans to turn from "doubters to believers," something Honigstein believes he has already achieved.

"There's a bit more belief. There's no doubt that this is a much happier club at the moment," Honigstein said.

"So in that sense, he's already achieved part of the objective - the atmosphere has changed to more positive, more relaxed."

Confidence

The likes of Adam Lallana, Roberto Firmino and Mamadou Sakho are just a few names who appear to be playing with a lot more confidence under their new manager.

It only took Klopp three seasons to turn Borussia Dortmund from a mid-table side to champions but doing the same for Liverpool could prove more difficult.

The club have gone almost 25 years without winning the title. Rodgers came the closest to ending the barren spell two seasons ago, but it wasn't to be and fans at Anfield are now hoping their new man can bring them success.

Foundations in place

However, Honigstein believes all the foundations are already in place for Klopp at Liverpool and the German faces an easier rebuilding job than in his two previous roles at Mainz and Dortmund.

"Looking at starts at previous clubs, he's starting at a very decent position," Honigstein added.

"He doesn't have to resurrect the team. They're already on the right path and if Klopp can make subtle changes, it can go a long way."

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