Three Liverpool players who have a major role to play under Jurgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp's Liverpool project is a very interesting concept. The enigmatic German certainly has the managerial capability to elevate the club, with his charisma and passion a breath of fresh air at one of England's most prestigious footballing institutions.

However, every great manager requires players that will obey his orders and produce the necessary output for his project to succeed.

Klopp will most likely seek to make substantial investments to his squad in the summer, but three young players already available in his ranks could be the keys to his successful reign on Merseyside.


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Roberto Firmino

When the nation of Brazil is mentioned with regards to Liverpool, Philippe Coutinho is the name regularly brought up and showered with praise.

The former Inter Milan man has become something of a cult icon at the club, but his national colleague Firmino has been the one who has produced more this season and arguably contributes much more to Klopp's side.

Coutinho is a player who certainly possesses a keen eye for the spectacular, however, this is a trait he attempts to utilise all too regularly which has lead to a fairly poor conversion rate.

Firmino on the other hand has provided goals and assists on a frequent basis in 2016, cementing his adjustment to the Premier League.

The ideal attack-minded midfielder to spearhead Klopp's creative department as well as provide a viable goal threat, the Brazillian has a huge future under the rule of the German.

Ten goals and seven assists so far this season for Liverpool in the Premier League highlight the impact he has had and Klopp must realise that the former Hoffenheim man is the finest South American asset in his roster.

Emre Can

A national compatriot of Klopp, Can has grown in stature this season and his recent performance in the 3-0 demolition of Villarreal was further evidence that the German has all the right tools to be a vital player for Liverpool.

The former Bayer Leverkusen man is the perfect modern day midfielder and is ideally suited to fulfil Klopp's ideologies of 'gegenpressing'.

Strong, energetic, disciplined and with the technical ability to control the tempo of the game for Liverpool, Can is a crucial weapon in Klopp's armoury, one who can make the centre of the park his own on Merseyside.

With Jordan Henderson and James Milner both performing the more shall we say, experienced role in central midfield very well this season, there was a need for some youthful exuberance to compliment them and the German has done just this.

Liverpool's midfield has undergone an evolution under Klopp, as has much of the team, and Can's exploits are central to the manager's theories coming to fruition.

It must be said that the young German is of course, not the complete player yet. The 22-year-old is still a raw talent for the manager to nurture, but the glimpses of maturity demonstrated at times this season highlight that this process should not be too arduous.

Divock Origi

Perhaps the player who has endured the most positive transformation since Klopp's arrival is Origi. The former Lille man was voted in Ligue 1's worst team of the season just last year but now finds himself at the forefront of the striking options at the club.

For the moment, the young Belgian is ruled out with an injury sustained in the Merseyside derby against Everton, but in the months prior to that, it was clear that the faith placed in the striker by the manager, suggests that he is the man that will become the focal point of attack.

Daniel Sturridge despite his knack for regularly scoring goals just does not seem to have impressed Klopp to the same extent and this is because they are two different forwards.

Origi's link-up play, physical prowess, ball retention and ability to become an effective outlet for the team are all factors which will appeal to the manager's style of football.

Klopp's sides thrive on midfield runners and the Belgian is able to help this philosophy work while also possessing pace and outstanding dribbling ability.

The striking role at Liverpool has been rather unsettled all season, particularly given Christian Benteke's failings, but it seems abundantly clear that when fully fit, Origi will be the man leading the Reds from the front under their German manager.

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