Jurgen Klopp wrote the word ‘TERRIBLE’ - yes, in capital letters - on a whiteboard for his Liverpool players during one of his first team meetings after arriving at Anfield earlier this month.
The reason? That’s how Klopp promised his players that opposing teams would feel after playing the Reds - provided they all bought into his philosophy.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach, whose teams at Signal Iduna Park were renowned for their energy and will-to-win, explained this would be achieved by running harder and faster than their opponents, and by pressing relentlessly, according to the Liverpool Echo.
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Liverpool fans have been a little underwhelmed by Klopp’s first three matches in charge of the Reds - all have ended in draws - but it was always going to take time for the German coach to implement his ideas at Anfield.
It was a real coup for the Merseyside outfit to secure Klopp’s services - the 48-year-old was one of the most sought-after managers in world football thanks to his impressive seven-year stint with BVB - and there’s no doubt his arrival has brought the feel-good factor, which was missing towards the end of Brendan Rodgers’ tenure, back to Liverpool.
Players are reacting to Klopp's demands
In fairness to Liverpool’s players, they all appear to be trying their best to buy into Klopp’s philosophy - as was evident by their statistics after the 0-0 draw against Tottenham at White Hart Lane a couple of weeks ago.
Photos: Jurgen Klopp in training
Victory at Chelsea on Saturday is a real possibility
But fans want to see results following three straight draws, and what better way for Klopp to further endear himself to the Liverpool supporters than a win over Chelsea on Saturday.
Victory at Stamford Bridge this weekend would not only be a real boost for Liverpool but, if rumours are to be believed, it could also result in the sacking of Chelsea’s under-fire manager Jose Mourinho.
Before that, though, Klopp has another opportunity to secure his maiden win as Liverpool manager - against Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup this evening.
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