Jurgen Klopp's first month in charge suggests the future is bright at Liverpool

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Jurgen Klopp is a name football fans are fast becoming accustomed across Europe. The charismatic and entertaining German has propelled himself to fame in the footballing world with his quickwitted remarks, unerring passion and the success achieved at former club Borussia Dortmund.

Since joining Liverpool in October, Klopp has enjoyed a somewhat decent start to life on Merseyside. In his first seven games in charge he has amassed five points from a possible 12 in the Premier League, progressed in the Capital One Cup and impressed in the Europa League.

His first task was to silence a high-flying Tottenham Hotspur, a team many brand as the 'dark horses' of the Premier League. Klopp's men returned from White Hart Lane with a hard fought 0-0 draw, although many believed they should of escaped with all three points.


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Next up were visits from tricky sides such as Rubin Kazan and well respected workaholics Southampton. Liverpool managed score draws in both games, but again, they should of finished with a win.

It was the final weeks in his first month in charge that raised the eyebrows of many in and around the world's most challenging league. His first victory come against Bournemouth, while the following week brought further joy to Klopp after seeing his side brush aside Jose Mourinho's Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in impressive style.

Playmaker Philippe Coutinho stole the show after Ramires headed the Blues a goal ahead, his two wonder strikes followed by a Christian Benteke goal sealing a memorable 3-1 victory - a result that well and truly announced Klopp's status in the Premier League.

Despite the excitement surrounding the victory, they capitulated to a shock 2-1 home loss to recent bogey-team Crystal Palace. Klopp himself admitted to feeling 'lonely' as many home fans fled the ground after Scott Dann's 82th minute winner meant for the Reds' first defeat under his reign.

However, many fans still feel optimistic about the appointment and the start made by Klopp - after all, it has only taken him a month to stamp his authority on his new team. But how has he done it?

At Dortmund, one thing was clear: Bayern were the team to beat. The club could not financially compete with their rivals in the transfer market, so they had to be clever with their dealings and do their talking on the pitch and the pitch alone.

Klopp introduced a style of football so unique and mesmerising it destroyed the dominance of teams around them in the Bundesliga, also blowing away European giants Real Madrid, the force of Manchester City and stylish football of Arsenal as they pressed all the way to the UEFA Champions League final in 2013 - gegenpressing, as it is so well renowned.

The simple idea around gegenpressing is to win the ball high up the field in order to create a chance for a shot as quickly as possible. As Klopp once said, this "heavy metal" style of football is key because “the best moment to win the ball is immediately after your team just lost it."

Can he install this into his new set of players at Liverpool? Possibly so. With players like James Milner, Jordan Henderson and Joe Allen at his expense, endless running is guaranteed. Flair, pace and finishing is required, and Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge (when fit) will certainly provide the touch, not to mention the signing of Christian Benteke.

It is a certainty that in the coming transfer windows the defence will be strengthened, and with rumours of Robert Lewandowski, Ilkay Gundogan and Marco Reus circulating around Anfield, there is no shortage of drama ready to reel us into the deep end of Merseyside.

One thing is for sure: as long as Liverpool have Jurgen Klopp, they will once again be a team rightfully feared by their opponents, and with a trip to the Etihad and Manchester City awaiting them, who knows what can happen.

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