Jurgen Klopp would be perfect for Liverpool

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With just under two weeks until Liverpool travel to Tottenham Hotspur, the Merseyside outfit have some serious business to finish behind the scenes first.

Following Brendan Rodgers' sacking after the Reds' 1-1 away draw against local rivals Everton on Sunday, owners Fenway Sports Group have insisted that a caretaker manager will not temporarily take charge and a permanent boss will be employed by the time Liverpool travel to White Hart Lane.

If the bookmakers are correct, Jurgen Klopp will be the man to take the hot-seat at Anfield. 


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He reportedly is at the top of the shortlist and, given his comments that he wants to manage in the Premier League, it will be no surprise if he gets the job.

The German has been linked with Liverpool for a number of months and was in attendance when they were thrashed 3-1 against Manchester United at Old Trafford last month.

Klopp likely payed close attention to detail to Liverpool's performance that day. Instead of watching as a casual spectator enjoying the match, his concentration would have been much like managing the match himself and carefully observed how to improve the Reds.

Based on the performance against the Red Devils, he would have noted a number of areas where Liverpool have to improve significantly if they are to save their season.

Klopp History

When Klopp took the helm at Borrusia Dortmund in 2008, the German side were in a crisis.

The club almost went bankrupt three years ago and finished 13th in the Bundesliga in the 2007/2008 season.

When Klopp left Dortmund at the end of last season, he had bolstered them to become one of Europe's heavyweights.

From nothing, Klopp transformed Die Borrusen from an average side to winning two Bundesliga titles and also reached the Champions League final in 2013.

Style Of Play

Rodgers' overall stint at Liverpool may have been a disappointed but let's not forget he made Kopites dream.

The Reds went within a whisker of winning the Premier League for the first time. Although it was inspired by Luis Suarez's brilliance, the football encouraged by Rodgers seen Liverpool obliterate their opponents in the first half.

Home wins against Everton and Arsenal, as well as away to Tottenham were won by pressing football and hitting teams quickly on the counter-attack.

Liverpool fans relished the chance of seeing their team playing this way. It was exciting to watch and got bums off seats.

Klopp approaches football in a similar way that Rodgers did during the 2013/14 campaign.

Gegenpressing is the nickname given to the tactics the former FC Mainz boss is renowned for and he has had plenty of success from them.

Klopp insists each player gives 110%, working just as hard off the ball as on it to overwhelm the opposition, force mistakes and hit on the counter-attack.

Liverpool have several players who would fit well into this philosophy. The centre-midfield trio of captain Jordan Henderson, vice-skipper James Milner and Lucas are all renowned for snapping at the heels of the opposition and giving it their all from the first to the final whistle.

Klopp's tactics insist that every man works towards the gegenpressing. That would mean Mario Balotelli, currently out on loan for the season at AC Milan, would have no future when he returns to Anfield.

However, it would be a system that suits Danny Ings, who's work rate has been highly appreciated by Liverpool fans since he joined from Burnley in the summer.


Some are sceptical about Klopp becoming manager of Liverpool due to his final season at Dortmund.

The Dusseldorf outfit spent much of last season in the relegation zone in the Bundesliga and, although they were much improved after Christmas, finished seventh.

Dortmund were too comprehensively beaten 3-1 by Wolfsburg in the German Cup final and achieved well below what was expected.

The intensity of gegenpressing may have been a major factor in their lacklustre campaign and that the Dortmund players had become fatigued in Klopp's final season at Signal Iduna Park.

Klopp will have likely learned from his mistake and, if he was to take charge at Liverpool, deploy a diluted version of his tactics. He could heavily focus on the likes of Milner, Henderson and Ings - all proven to work their socks off - to be the focal point of gegenpressing.

Whereas the likes of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke, who've both been plagued with injuries in the past, are allowed a slightly easier time.

If Klopp did decide to repeat similar tactics that he has previously at Anfield, he has the firepower to do so.

Rodgers' previous work in the transfer market over the past two summers means that the Reds have a well-stocked side flooded with recruits to cover all areas of the pitch.

Rotation would be key, especially if the Europa League, League Cup and FA Cup were to be taken seriously and there is enough class in the team to do so.

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Life At Liverpool

Dortmund have some of the best football fans in the world.

Signal Iduna Park is bouncing with 80,000 fans graced in yellow shirts during home games and the noise made is incredible.

Klopp was embraced by Dortmund fans and became almost like a cult hero during his seven-year managerial stint. Banners of him filled each corner of the stadium and fans were fully supportive.

Even when Dortmund found themselves in the relegation zone last season, Klopp was still adored by many and they had full faith of him pulling them out of the dark.

He did so and even managed to get Dortmund to the German Cup final. Albeit, their underwhelming performance in the final allowed Wolfsburg to be crowned winners but he still finished the season strongly.

Much like Dortmund fans, those who follow the Reds are also some of the best in Europe.

The flags and noise from the Kop is exactly what Klopp would want to join after leaving Dortmund.

Life in Liverpool is fairly relaxed. Footballers are often spotted around the city centre and, although there still is the odd picture, the majority of people respect their privacy.

There's no hiding that Klopp enjoys a beer and Liverpool is too flooded with old pubs selling world ales that the German would lick his lips at.

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