Jurgen Klopp must add physical presence to Liverpool for top four finish

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Since taking over as Liverpool boss, Jurgen Klopp has insisted he can convert the current crop of underachieving players into a side that is feared by opponents.

Klopp highlighted that it has become somewhat a tradition in English football to solve issues of performance by investing in another professional deemed of a higher quality.

But the German has somewhat of a reputation in regards to player development.


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During his time as Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp bought striker Robert Lewandowski, now arguably the best No.9 in the world, for the small sum of €3 million.

The new Anfield boss has to realise sooner rather than later that he simply cannot mould this squad into one that is worthy of a top four finish.

Towards the back end of last season, Gary Neville analysed the failures of English sides in the Champions League of recent years.

Neville pinpointed that the likes of Manchester City, Arsenal, Manchester United, and Chelsea had been influenced heavily by the sides they competed against in continental competitions.

They had seemingly become obsessed with replicating the attractive football displayed by Barcelona which saw them claim five trophies in a calendar year.

A lack of physicality within the top teams in England has meant the Premier League is more open than ever, seeing the likes of Leicester City and Bournemouth topple current champions, Chelsea.

Previous Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers attempted to implement Barcelona’s ‘tiki-taka’ style on the pitch, meaning there was a large investment in technically gifted players: Philippe Coutinho, Adam Lallana, and Roberto Firmino.

Klopp must now use the January transfer window to buy players with more physical attributes than technical traits.

Liverpool may be struggling to convert chances this season but their difficulties at the other end of the pitch have been a bigger problem for a few seasons.

To achieve a top four finish, Klopp must first iron out this persistent issue and change the current ideologies around the club.

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