Jurgen Klopp's first match will bring passion back to Liverpool

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The bane of many football fans' life is the Saturday lunchtime kick-off; 12.45pm is one of the most awkward times to start a match.

For away supporters, it means getting up extra early and sitting on a jam-packed coach when many would much rather be still wrapped around their duvet on a cold winter's morning.

Pubs usually packed for the evening kick-off are quite opposite for the lunchtime match. Unless it is a massive game, most are deserted and the few who do go out so often nurse a lime and soda for 90 minutes. However, things will be quite the opposite for Liverpool fans this Saturday.


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Whereas travelling Kopites may have dreaded the moment their alarm went off at 6.00 am under Brendan Rodgers, they'll now likely be like a child sleeping on Christmas Eve, waking up constantly through the night.

The away trip to Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday has been eagerly awaited by Liverpool supporters for the best part of a week-and-a-half.

Optimism changed into realism last Friday when Jurgen Klopp was announced as the new man to take the helm at Anfield.

Optimism turns to realism

Klopp is renowned as one of the best coaches in Europe and flipped Borussia Dortmund's fortunes around. In just three years, the 48-year-old bolstered Dortmund into Bundesliga champions and by the time he left the Düsseldorf outfit at the end of last season stewarded them into a European heavyweight.

Liverpool fans wanted a proven manager who had won things to replace Rodgers and that Klopp certainly meets that criteria.

He guided Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 in a league that Bayern Munich are supposed to walk every season, as well as reaching the Champions League final one year later where they were beaten by their domestic rivals.

Klopp's first press conference as manager was a statement of intent. He was humorous but confident, insisting he can guide the Reds to the title within four years.

He's been embraced by Liverpool fans already. From signing autographs at Melwood to posing for pictures whilst having a drink in the city centre, he's already passed the popularity test.

Under Rodgers, things began to get a bit stale and the Northern Irishman ran out of ideas in the end. A fresh face seems to be just what is needed at Anfield.

Players who were in Rodgers' staple team will now have to prove to Klopp they deserve to belong there, whilst youngsters and fringe players have a new lease of life and an opportunity to impress.

Fueled with passion

There is set to be football played with passion from Liverpool against Tottenham on Saturday. It's not only what Klopp requires from his team, but everyone is on the same level and fighting for their place.

There will be no room for a half-hearted performance, no margin for not tracking back when supposed to. Given the depth of the squad Klopp has inherited, a poor attitude will see the German remove individuals from the firing line and they could be left in the dark for quite some time.

Liverpool is a club about passion, about giving it their all when they're backs are against the wall.

With key figures such as Steven Gerrard, Jamie Carragher and Luis Suarez all leaving the club in recent years, there has been a distinct lack of devotion from too many individuals at Anfield.

That's set to change under Klopp. Instead, he wants Liverpool to work as one unit, a wolf pack hunting the ball down together and going forward in tandem.

Exciting time

It's for these reasons that the 400-mile round trip to White Hart Lane provides a rare amount of optimism that hasn't been present too much at Liverpool in recent years.

Away supporters will not fear the sound of their alarm clock ringing before the sun has rose but rather welcome the noise.

Kopites heading to north London will be in full flow. There will be no doubts about drinking early - they'll deal with the repercussions when it comes to it.

Pubs are likely to be much busier than usually with supporters all excited to witness Klopp in the dug-out for the first time.

And there is good reason to be so; they have their belief back.

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