Jurgen Klopp has named Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho, Lucas, Emre Can and James Milner as players who can produce much better for Liverpool.
One of the things that apparently attracted Fenway Sports Group to Klopp was the German’s belief that there is already enough quality in the Liverpool squad to secure a Champions League place this season.
There were signs of improvement in Klopp’s first match in charge, a 0-0 draw at Tottenham on Saturday, but the 48-year-old believes his new charges are capable of much better.
“Should I teach them the technical aspects? They know them,” Klopp said.
“We have to help them to show it. This is not the biggest problem. We don’t have to sprinkle magical dust on them ‘and now you can play football’. They know how to play. We just have to create a situation where it is possible to do this.
“Of course, we should play better football, not because I say so but because we can. We start with this development, and the most important thing is for the players to be prepared to be a little bit wild. You can run and then you can miss. No problem. Don’t worry. Come back again.”
Klopp highlighted the five midfielders that started at White Hart Lane as players who he has belief in to show much more than they have done previously for Liverpool.
“I am not sure how many games you saw like this from Adam Lallana? What do you think?” Klopp said.
“I know him from Southampton and he can do 20/30 per cent more.
“Coutinho? Do you not think he can play better football? Of course, he can.
“Lucas? You don’t think he can play balls on the right and left side? Of course he can.
“Emre Can? Learning between running and passing. He can learn.
“Milner? The complete football player, the perfect professional, a machine, everything is there.”