Jurgen Klopp at Liverpool: three players to shine

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Despite being Liverpool manager for less than one week, Jurgen Klopp has already become one of the most popular characters in English football.

His first press conference as Reds boss was well received as he displayed his comical but relentless attitude for success.

Klopp inherits a squad that was gathered together by Brendan Rodgers and the German will have to make-do with his current team until the January transfer window at least.

Klopp has admitted there will be no miracles overnight, but with Liverpool just six points off the top of the Premier League, there is still the possibility of completing the unimaginable.

The 48-year-old will have less than a week to prepare for Liverpool's away trip to Tottenham Hotspur on October 17 and the starting XI at White Hart Lane could be a hint of who Klopp will use throughout the rest of the season.

Who Will Suit?

Emre Can

Klopp's compatriot has been regarded as one of the best young talents in Germany for a long time.

Can was bought for £10 million from Bayer Leverkusen last summer and he snubbed a return to Bayern Munich to move to Anfield.

The 21-year-old has been hit-and-miss at Liverpool but suffered from playing out of position under Rodgers.

Can has mainly been deployed as a central defender during his Anfield career, playing on the right-hand side of three centre-backs. 

Can didn't do all that badly in the first few weeks in the role but soon his frailties were exposed and opponents targeted him as the weak link.

Often, the Frankfurt native was caught out of position and was dragged forward as Liverpool attacked. Instinct got the better of him being a natural centre-midfielder and he failed to fulfil his defensive duties.

He too was used at right-back by Rodgers which produced even worse results. In Liverpool's 3-1 home defeat to Crystal Palace last season, he was menaced by Yannick Bolasie and Dwight Gayle and was like a rabbit in the headlights when the Eagles charged forward.

Can's best position is in the centre of the park. He's a massive unit who loves to be in the thick of the action; he's hard in the challenge, can spread the play with the ball at his feet and likes to shoot from distance.

Klopp will be well aware of Can's talents and know that his best role is in centre-midfield, and could give his fellow countryman a much greater role than previously.

Liverpool have missed a real presence in midfield this term. James Milner has not quite made the impact expected and Jordan Henderson has been sidelined with an ankle injury, but Can could certainly fill that void.

Roberto Firmino

Firmino has not had as much pitch time as he would have liked since his summer move to the Reds.

When the deal was announced to sign him during the summer, there were a lot of puzzled faces pulled by Kopites.

He was signed for £29 million for Hoffenheim and club chief executive Ian Ayre flew to Chile whilst the Copa America was on to wrap up the deal.

Given that Firmino was unheard of by many, there were fears that Liverpool had once again overpaid for an emerging talent who may not come good.

The Brazil international was given limited opportunities under Rodgers, and the Northern Irishman criticised Firmino's performance in the 3-1 away loss against Manchester United in September.

Firmino was one of the Bundesliga's stand-out players last campaign and racked up seven goals and 10 assists for Hoffenheim playing attacking midfield.

Klopp will be itching to give Firmino a fair crack at the whip and will likely embrace the 24-year-old.

As manager of Borussia Dortmund, Klopp's system relied heavily on his attacking midfielders' relentless work-rate to win the ball back, as well as hitting the opposition on the break within a blink of an eye.

Philippe Coutinho was Rodgers' key attacking midfielder whilst at the helm at Anfield and the former Inter Milan man was deployed in a central role in the final third.

He could, however, be pushed out wide to the left by Klopp. Marco Reus was Klopp's chief protagonist at Dortmund and he thrived cutting in from out wide, much like Coutinho.

Danny Ings

Given the summer signings Rodgers brought in, Ings was expected to have a much smaller impact than he has at Liverpool and has surprised many.

The Reds signed Ings on a free transfer from Burnley and was expected to be fourth-choice striker at the start of the season.

With Christian Benteke signing for £32.5 million from Aston Villa, Divock Origi meeting up with his new side after spending last campaign on loan at Lille and Daniel Sturridge returning from injury, it appeared that Ings was set for limited chances.

However, the 23-year-old has quickly become a fan favourite at the Merseyside outfit. 

Despite finding it difficult to break into Rodgers' team at the beginning of the season, he was a key player before the 42-year-old was sacked as manager.

The ex-Bournemouth striker has already netted three goals from eight games and is full of confidence. 

Ings works his socks off for Liverpool. He's an old-fashioned, honest striker who is willing to put the team first over himself.

That sort of attitude is exactly what Klopp desires. There is to be no individuals from now on at Liverpool, but one unit who all work in tandem to win matches.

Klopp's first defender in his team is his striker. He expects high intensity from his number nine to chase the ball back and force mistakes from the opponent.

Ings is the type of footballer who will jump as high as his manager asks. He too has an eye for goal and is growing as every game passes by.

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