Jurgen Klopp has already earned a reputation for turning youngsters into world beaters from his time at Borussia Dortmund.
Ilkay Gundogan, Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Robert Lewandowski are just a few of the big names who have thrived under the German's stewardship in the past and he has already had a similar effect upon a few stars at Liverpool.
Klopp has almost reached one year in charge at Anfield and, if their start to the season is anything to go by, he has finally discovered the perfect combination to meet his high standards and get the desired results.
Most major bookies have the Reds as the second favourites behind Manchester City to lift the title and one of Klopp's old apprentices at Dortmund has backed them to run Pep Guardiola's side close.
Lewandowski is one of the few players lucky enough to experience both Klopp's and Guardiola's style of coaching and he expects his old managers to fight it out for the Premier League title.
“Under Klopp I think they will be fighting for the title this season," Lewandowski told Goal.
“Pep and Manchester City will not make it easy for anybody to win the title, but Liverpool have a real chance.
“Without European football it can really help them with being fresh for games and with injuries and, even though Klopp is always smiling, he is ruthless enough to take advantage of that.”
Both Man City and Liverpool have lost one game so far this term and just two points separate the old adversaries.
The two teams aren't set to face off against each other until New Year's Eve and by that point of the season, the leading contenders for the title should have split away from the chasing pack.
That gives Klopp additional time to mould the players at his disposal even more to his liking and Lewandowski thinks the German's influence on the team is obvious to see.
He added: “I have watched some Liverpool games since the arrival of Klopp, and you can see that the players are enjoying playing for him.”
“As a player you know that he totally has your back, he is like a father figure and, because you have that trust in him as a player, it makes you totally open to his methods and his ideas which, in the long term, you always see are for the benefit of your game and for the team.”
Klopp has stated he doesn't want to celebrate being in charge of Liverpool for a year but you can bet there will be one giant party in May if the Reds can win the league for the first time since 1990 this season.
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