Jurgen Klopp will relish return of Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson

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Give me time. That is the phrase that has been emphasised by Jurgen Klopp since he took charge of Liverpool in October.

The German insisted that he could not produce miracles overnight and that it would take him a while to right the wrongs at Anfield.

Tough Start

Brendan Rodgers left behind a distinct amount of obscurity at the Reds and Klopp knew he had to sweep up the Northern Irishman’s mess he left behind.


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Things haven't exactly gone to plan for Klopp in L4. He’s lost Danny Ings, Joe Gomez and Mamadou Sakho through injury and has been without key players Daniel Sturridge and Jordan Henderson for the duration of his time in charge.

Solid Improvement

However, instead of kicking and screaming about his circumstances, he’s characteristically got on with his job with a smile on his face. Gracefully, he has nurtured his intense pressing tactics into his team and things appear as if they’ve clicked into place.

Within just two months, the ex-Borussia Dortmund manager has already made steady progress. He guided Liverpool to a devastating 4-1 victory away against Manchester City last weekend and the dressing room is now likely flooded with confidence.

Klopp has successfully got the best out of Emre Can and Roberto Firmino. The pair did not display their true colours under Rodgers due to a mixture of playing out of position and a lack of minutes but are thriving under a manager they both competed against in the Bundesliga.

Confidence is one of the greatest assets both a team and individual can possess. It’s a significant reason why Leicester City are top of the Premier League as Jamie Vardy and co. are playing with courage and fully believe in themselves.

Klopp isn’t familiar with playing over Christmas, having spent the whole of his career in Germany. However, planning for a match every four days will be a fresh assignment he has to deal with.

The 48-year-old was likely dreading the month of December a couple of weeks ago – now he probably cannot wait for matches to come thick and fast. His team are on a high and are improving after every game. The work on the training field is starting to pay off where it matters, as apparent in wins on the road against Manchester City and Chelsea.

Return Of Duo

Klopp could also be given an early Christmass present with both Henderson and Sturridge looking increasingly likely to be passed fit in the next few weeks.

The pair are key players in the Liverpool team but have been deemed unfit for selection for their new boss thus far. They've been forced to watch the Reds from the stands and would have witnessed their team improve after every match, and are likely itching to get back into action.

Jordan Henderson

Henderson should relish the chance of working with Klopp. Klopp should also savour the opportunity of having Henderson at his deployment.

The England international very much fits the bill of what his new boss wants from his players; hard work, energy and an emphasis that pressing off the ball is the most important factor to succeed.

Henderson is renowned for his engine. From the first to the final whistle, he never stops running and gives it his all. The former Sunderland man labours just as hard as James Milner, who consistently gets ten out of ten for his work ethic. If they thought Milner’s presence was difficult to thwart, a carbon copy in Henderson makes the prospect of Klopp’s gegenpressing even more daunting for opponents.

Henderson too brings vital experience to the dressing room. Only Martin Skrtel has been at Liverpool longer than him and, being club captain, a true leader will return. Milner has held the reins credibly as skipper in the absence of Henderson; however, the ex-Leeds United man only joined Anfield this summer and is still likely not fully aware of all of the club’s traits.

Henderson is now into his fourth season at the Merseyside outfit and has played alongside club legends Steven Gerrard and Jamie Carragher during his time. He would have learned a thing or two off them and will know exactly how to get his team-mates motivated.

Daniel Sturridge

Sturridge brings to the table what the Reds have desperately lacked this term – goals. Although Liverpool have netted six times in their last two away league matches, they’ve been toothless at home and scored just 12 in all competitions.

Liverpool are finding it increasingly difficult to break teams down on home soil. They’ve missed a natural number nine who will dart into space and drag defenders around to create space for others, as well as playing on natural instinct when given half a chance.

Sturridge does exactly that. He’s blessed with raw pace and is always on the prowl to create an opportunity out of nothing. The 26-year-old has a fine record at Liverpool having netted 42 goals from 70 appearances and he showed how devastating in front of goal he is when grabbing a brace in the Reds’ 3-2 victory against Aston Villa.

Although Klopp will be extremely satisfied with his young protagonists' progression, he’ll surely be licking his lips at the prospect of two of his main men being deemed selectable for the first time since he took over at Liverpool.

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