Jurgen Klopp is underrated tactically, claims Owen Hargreaves

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The majority of football fans appear to love Jurgen Klopp’s unique personality.

The Liverpool boss isn’t one to give the usual mundane answers in press conferences, instead, he is often seen having a laugh and joking around with reporters.

That attitude comes across during matches, too. He’s often hugging his players following a victory or in hysterics on the bench when one of his players has a terrible shot (Lucas Leiva, we’re looking at you.)


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While the former Borussia Dortmund manager gets a lot of credit for his personality, some people often forget what an excellent coach he is, too.

He is attempting to instil his high-pressing philosophy at Anfield and has already led his side to a 4-1 victory away to Manchester City, a 3-1 victory at Chelsea and a 5-4 aggregate win against a strong Dortmund side.

BT Sport pundit, and former Manchester United player, Owen Hargreaves believes that Klopp is underrated when it comes to his tactical management.


“I think he makes you believe,” the former midfielder told BT Sport.

“He talks a brilliant game but I think tactically he doesn’t get enough credit.

“The way he set the team up against Dortmund, who at that point in the season a far, far better team and had destroyed Tottenham over two legs, he set them up beautifully.”

Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers on Merseyside in October and, while results domestically have been inconsistent, he could still lead the club to European glory. The Reds face Villarreal over two-legs in the Europa League semi-finals and will be hoping to win the tournament to guarantee passage into next season’s Champions League.

Success in the transfer window

If they are in Europe’s elite competition next campaign, Klopp will be able to attract world-class talent to the club - something he did with great success for Dortmund. The 48-year-old managed to unearth some gems whilst in Germany, signing Robert Lewandowski for just over £3 million, Marco Reus for £12 million and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang for £9 million.

Ahead of his first full-season, Liverpool fans will be hoping he can repeat his transfer success from his previous club and Hargreaves thinks Klopp and the Anfield outfit are made for each other.

“I think they are really fortunate. He’s brilliant. They are perfect for each other. As Rio [Ferdinand] said, if he can get some of his players in,” he said.

“I mean he signed that front three that’s at Dortmund now; Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang and Reus, so he’s very good in the transfer window.”

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