Danny Ings features in Liverpool's starting XI based on Jurgen Klopp's philosophies

Published 20 Comments

Football News

Jurgen Klopp has already said his new Liverpool side will play with his 'gegenpressing', high-intensity football synonymous with his Borussia Dortmund sides of past.

The relentless high-press - a harrying and chasing style of defending - will be what the 48-year-old wants to instil in his players.

There is no doubting the potential available to Klopp from goalkeeper to striker - and it appears he holds similar faith.


Want to become a GMS writer? Sign up now and submit a 250 word test article:

In his first interview as Liverpool manager, he said: "I believe in the potential of this team.

"There are four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders, defenders, the goalkeeper is really good.

"It is emotion inside, it is speed, it is a transition game, so you will see this."

It's likely that Klopp will opt for a formation similar to 4-2-3-1, but given the current crop of players available to him, what's likely to be his preferred starting XI?


Simon Mignolet is a good 'keeper that, throughout this season, has been largely to thank for Liverpool not conceding more goals - Liverpool's 1-1 draw with Everton two weeks ago springs to mind.

The Belgian has put last season's struggles behind him and with Klopp's message of support, he could prove a dependable stopper for Liverpool.


The back four could almost write itself - Nathaniel Clyne, Martin Skrtel, Mamadou Sakho and Alberto Moreno.

Clyne is guaranteed a position given his international quality - nailing himself down as England's number one choice - with his ability to attack and defend something that Klopp will like to see.

Skrtel will bring a bruising side to the Reds' centre-back partnership and should prove a reliable and dependable character in defence, but might find himself under pressure should his German manager chose to trust youth in Joe Gomez.

His likely partner, Sakho, offers a more technical approach to Skrtel's brutish demeanour, given his ball-playing ability and composure when in possession.

Left-back Moreno has enjoyed an upturn in form this season - he still needs to improve, of course - and remains to be Liverpool's best option on the left.


The holding midfield position presents the first problem for Klopp, with the recently-capped Emre Can a near-identical mould to that of BVB favourite Ilkay Gundogan.

But for ideals sake, here is the midfield: Can, James Milner; Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Jordan Ibe.

As stated, Can is the closest impression of Gundogan - a box-to-box player who is equally adept in attack as he is in defence, with a creative nous to become a Klopp favourite and possible candidate for captaincy.

Milner - not Jordan Henderson - could be the man to fill in the second holding role if he is unwilling to play in a wide position giving Liverpool, and Klopp, a midfield duo that can run all day.

Coutinho is the linchpin of this team and could find himself in rotation with compatriot Firmino as winger and no.10, but is more likely to be found on the left.

Firmino, reportedly linked to Dortmund during Klopp's tenure, will be a favourite of the German's, offering creativity and goals and will also benefit from having a German coach given his former employers, making life easier for the Brazilian as he continues to adapt.

Lastly, Ibe could feature regularly under Klopp given the flamboyant German's inclining to trust youth, especially given that Ibe offers pace and a willingness to attack defenders whenever possible.

If, however, Milner is willing to play out wide, he could take Ibe's place allowing Henderson into the central role.


At Dortmund, Klopp opted for a lone forward in his line-ups - a ruthless poacher with tenacity and the hunger to chase down defenders. Robert Lewandowski was the man charged with such responsibilities, and such was the quality of the Pole that he nailed it to a tee.

At Liverpool, however, few possess such attributes. Daniel Sturridge - a poacher, yes - doesn't chase down. Christian Benteke - a bully and clinical finisher - might not be quick and agile enough, whilst Divock Origi is a raw talent still.

The perfect man? Danny Ings.

The Englishman displays all the qualities seen in Lewandowski, on a lesser scale, of course, given his keen eye for goal, persistent running and work-rate. 

Perhaps not the man that Liverpool fans wanted to hear, but a relationship can be seen building between Ings and those behind him, and it's one that under Klopp could thrive - it's a mere case of whether the German will opt for a player that he's used to, or one that is largely regarded as a more prolific finisher in the aforementioned Benteke or Sturridge.

Do YOU want to write for GiveMeSport? Get started today by signing-up and submitting an article HERE:

Premier League

Article Comments

Read more

Report author of article

Please let us know if you believe this article is in violation of our editorial policy, please only report articles for one of the following reasons.

Report author


This article has been written by a member of the GiveMeSport Writing Academy and does not represent the views of or SportsNewMedia. The views and opinions expressed are solely that of the author credited at the top of this article. and SportsNewMedia do not take any responsibility for the content of its contributors.

Want more content like this?

Like our GiveMeSport Facebook Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to Facebook, don't ask me again

Follow GiveMeSport on Twitter and you will get this directly to you.

Already Following, don't ask me again

Like our GiveMeSport Page and you will get this directly to you.

Already Subscribed to G+, don't ask me again