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Liverpool prepare for Jurgen Klopp shake-up

Published 07/10/2015

Jurgen Klopp is close to joining Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp is close to joining Liverpool

With Jurgen Klopp poised to take over at Liverpool the expectation is he will bring his tactic of high-tempo 'gegenpressing' - pressurising an opponent in numbers as soon as possession is lost - to Anfield.

Here Press Association Sport assesses how the current squad might fare in Klopp's system.


Fitness is a key component in Klopp's system but aligned to technical ability. He wants players to run hard but be able to immediately take advantage of errors such pressing creates. Those players who appear best suited to that include: Danny Ings, Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Roberto Firmino, James Milner, Jordan Henderson, Joe Allen, Nathaniel Clyne, Mamadou Sakho, Alberto Moreno.


Technical ability alone will not be enough to survive in a Klopp world where double training sessions are far from infrequent. There are a number of players who may have to up their game, but being of a young age will be an advantage to most: Philippe Coutinho, Divock Origi, Jordon Ibe, Joe Gomez, Adam Lallana, Jordan Rossiter.


It would not be a surprise to see some members of the squad struggle to adapt to new methods. These are likely to be the the less technical players who have age or physicality against them: Kolo Toure, Dejan Lovren, Lucas, Emre Can, Martin Skrtel.


Liverpool's owners Fenway Sports Group believe Klopp will get more out of the existing squad than Brendan Rodgers did and early suggestions are the German is happy to work with the players he will inherit. However, he will inevitably need some new additions during his first year in charge and it would be no surprise to see him return to former club Borussia Dortmund to cherry-pick those who served him well in the past. Liverpool could do with upgrades throughout their spine, such as: Roman Weidenfeller (goalkeeper), Neven Subotic (centre-back), Sven Bender (defensive midfielder). The likes of midfielders Ilkay Gundogan and, in particular, Marco Reus may still be out of reach though.

Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan:
Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need."
On his wife's books: "She wrote a book for children. It's like Harry Potter - but it's about football. There's no Harry Potter flying on his f****** stick - just football."
His singing skills on the team bus: "I couldn't have been a rock star, although I do sing Country Road very loudly on the PlayStation karaoke game."
What he told his players after a poor first half: "I told my players during the break: Since we're here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football."
Are players banned from having sex before matches? "My players sleep in double rooms the night before the match. I hope that nothing happens."
To a rival Schalke fan on the secret of winning the Bundesliga: "How do you explain to a blind person what colour is?"
Borussia Dortmund's rivalry with Bayern Munich: "We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is clearly higher. But then Robin Hood was apparently quite successful."
On his playing career: "I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."
On Bayern: "They are like the Chinese in the business world. They look at what others are doing and copy it, just with more money."
Losing the 2013 Champions League final: "The only thing I can say is that it was great. London is the town of the Olympic Games. The weather was good, everything is OK. Only the result is s***."
On having had a hair transplant: "Yes, it's true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don't you?"
On being sent to the stands: "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as coach. I approached the fourth official and said 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it is 15 then you have one more.'"

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