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Liverpool signed Jurgen Klopp using their heart rather than head; it could backfire

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The recent appointment of Jurgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool has managed to resuscitate half of Merseyside, with there an overwhelming consensus that the German looks and feels like a Liverpool man.

His passion, character and swagger is something that undeniably suits Anfield, and it all seems to make an awful lot of sense.

It has even left some other Premier League fans jealous, Arsenal supporters in particular, often a split fanbase where two or three times a season the #WengerOut brigade manage to gather some momentum.

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They'll take over Twitter for 24 hours after losing to literally any team that can play a long ball and then point to someone like Klopp as a suitable replacement.

Now, while it’s easy to get caught up in Klopp’s warm persona and see how he’s the perfect fit, his arrival at Anfield is a bit too reminiscent of the way the Reds have gone about signing their players in recent years.

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It’s almost as if they get too excited when in negotiations and say: “Yeah, why not? He could be alright. Let’s do it. He scored a goal once in an England Under-18s friendly which was like that one Fernando Torres scored.”

And then it’s a done deal. It’s that recklessness and eagerness to get a quick fix that has broken Liverpool, particularly since Luis Suarez left, and they’ve acted in the same way by signing Klopp.

For the squad he built at Borussia Dortmund and the impact he has on players and fans alike, Klopp has undeniably had his moments on football’s world stage.

But when you look at his previous posts, he has spent the entirety of his managerial career in the Bundesliga - a league that is frankly one of the least competitive in Europe.

And what has he jumped head first into? The most competitive league in the world, apparently.

He also failed to replace the players that were key to the successful seasons at Dortmund with any real quality, for example, Robert Lewandowski for Ciro Immobile - sound familiar?

The loss of key players was pretty much down to Bayern Munich. The designated destination for all of the Bundesliga's talent came knocking, and when they did, there was an alarming lack of backbone to retain players.

Who's to say Klopp can fend off Manchester City when they eventually come swooping in for Philippe Coutinho? Or maybe even Christian Benteke, after Wilfried Bony gets fed up there?

When Liverpool lost their good players under Brendan Rodgers, they sunk; when Dortmund lost their good players under Klopp, they almost drowned, flirting with the relegation zone for far too long.

My point is, when at Dortmund, he completely failed to fix his team, so what makes people think that at Liverpool, where they’re in desperate need of being fixed, Klopp can perform?

Will his charm do it? Will his charm increase Danny Ings' FIFA rating? Will his charm justify spending £25 million on Adam Lallana, or restore Dejan Lovren's ability to defend? His charm is not enough to fix what is going on at Liverpool.

Having said all this, Liverpool could have half a chance of challenging Chelsea for a top four space this season. The board may even have some funds left over after Rodgers waged war on monetary logic, and if so, maybe Klopp will change the transfer strategy and Liverpool can buy proven quality.

It has been reported he wants the transfer committee disbanded, which would be a great first step.

As most of us can see there’s a real problem with the transfer policy at Liverpool, where they seem to exclusively sign the just above average; the prospects; the unproven.

Only time will tell if Klopp will restore Liverpool’s status as a big club. He's certainly loveable, and his hair transplant is better than Wayne Rooney’s, but is he going to be good enough to turn things around at Anfield? Will the feel-good aura he brings magically materialise into trophies? Or will his lack of Premier League experience prove to sink Liverpool deeper into mediocrity?

The only thing that is for certain is we can all look forward to repeated transfer rumours with half the Dortmund squad for the next two years. Oh the joy.

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