Emre Can is delighted to be playing for Jurgen Klopp but the midfielder admits Liverpool are having to learn how to sustain his style for 90 minutes.
Can’s compatriot Klopp arrived at Anfield less than a fortnight ago to replace Brendan Rodgers but signs of his influence were noticeable during the 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Saturday, when the Reds became the first team to outrun Spurs this season.
Liverpool were particularly impressive in their work-rate and pressing during the opening 20 minutes, but Can insists the team will soon be able to maintain their levels for the entire duration of a match.
The midfielder told Liverpool’s website: “When you play football, you have to do a lot of running. You have to put in more sprints and the stats show we ran further and did more sprints.
“We have to learn how to deal with that and divide it up during games. We’ll do that from now on and we haven’t got a problem with that because all the players have the necessary fitness levels.
“I think we’ll want to keep playing football this way. We want to be able to press in every game and not just in one match because there’s a new coach.
“Of course, everybody might have put in a bit more because there was a new coach and you want to show what you can do.
“But the aim for the team must be to give 100 per cent every game and do what the coach asks of us. We know we’ve got more quality and it’s up to us to create more chances to put us in a position to score more goals.”
Can was brought to Liverpool by Rodgers in 2014 but the German is delighted now to be working under former Borussia Dortmund coach Klopp.
“He’s completely different from other coaches. He is more emotional and he’ll put his arm round you.
“That’s the way he is and I don’t think anything will change regardless of whether he’s in Germany or here in England. I think all coaches have their own way of doing things.
“I definitely enjoy working with a coach like that. He likes to come onto the pitch in training and show you how you can do something better.
“He is always keen to help and I find that very positive. I like the way he works and it suits me down to the ground.”