Klopp’s Starting Eleven: German’s Anfield reign so far

Date published: Friday 4th December 2015 6:07

Jurgen Klopp: Excited by draw with Man United

After two months of ‘gegenpressing’ and Vine-ready soundbites, Herr Klopp’s Liverpool revolution is gathering pace.

Recap his highs, lows and most memorable comments below:

October 17: Tottenham 0-0 Liverpool

After just a week under his tutelage, Liverpool displayed tentative signs of Klopp’s signature high press at White Hart Lane. No goals, but optimism in abundance.

“We didn’t use our skills. We were a little too hectic, maybe too eager. We didn’t see the right options.”

October 22: Liverpool 1-1 Rubin Kazan

As against Spurs, Liverpool exploded out of the blocks before limping over the line. Only an Emre Can equaliser prevented a shock home defeat against the 10-man Russians.

“When you come into a new house you have a present. I’m not quite satisfied with my present tonight.”

October 25: Liverpool 1-1 Southampton

Three games, three draws. Sadio Mane’s scrambled leveller just four minutes from time denied Klopp a first win in front of his already-adoring public.

“Football is not a fairytale. Sometimes we write stories like this but it doesn’t happen.”

October 28: Liverpool 1-0 Bournemouth

The first of many? After an inauspicious start to his Liverpool reign, a youthful Reds line-up, featuring Connor Randall, Joao Teixera and Cameron Brannagan, edged past Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup. Slowly but surely, the hallmarks of Klopp’s blueprint were beginning to take shape.

“My first win feels better than a draw. I’m really satisfied because this team had never played together and the young players did really well.”

October 31: Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool

After weeks of disjointed performances, Liverpool click in ominous fashion at the home of the champions. Two sublime Philippe Coutinho strikes finally confirm Klopp’s arrival in the English game.

“I feel for him (Mourinho). Things like this happen. I had a similar situation at Dortmund last year.”

November 5: Rubin Kazan 0-1 Liverpool

Three wins in succession as Jordon Ibe opens his Reds account in Russia. The dynamic winger, alongside Nathanial Clyne, Adam Lallana, Alberto Moreno and Emre Can, appear reborn under Klopp’s esteemed tutelage.

“Like everyone, Ibe has a long way to go. If he’s prepared to listen then he will be very good.”

November 8: Liverpool 1-2 Crystal Palace

Once again, Palace again spoil Liverpool’s party. Scott Dann’s late winner, the byproduct of a trademark Simon Mignolet flop, condemns Klopp to his first defeat at Anfield.

“With 12 minutes to go, I saw many people leaving the stadium. I felt pretty alone at this moment. We decide when it is over. Between 82 and 94 [minutes] you can make eight goals if you like.”

November 21: Man City 1-4 Liverpool

Displaying free-flowing forward play seldom seen since the SAS heydey, Klopp’s rampant Liverpool annhilate City at on their own turf. The sensational interplay between Lallana, Coutinho and Roberto Firmino underlined one of the performances of the season.

“My players were a little bit surprised at half-time that they were 3-0 in the lead….but with results like this the boys will start to believe in themselves and that’s very important.”

November 26: Liverpool 2-1 Bordeaux

In stark contrast to their effervescence at the Etihad, Liverpool struggled to replicate their stunning form away form at Anfield. Christian Benteke’s thunderbolt volley, and an outstanding display by Joe Allen, sealed the Reds’ place in the Europa League knock-out stages. However, the tepid display was epitomised by an astounding Mignolet error

“The [Mignolet] free-kick…. I am long in this business and never had a time-play after 25 minutes from the team with more ball possession”

November 29: Liverpool 1-0 Swansea

When James Milner nets the game’s only goal, from the spot no less, its hardly a game you rush to watch Martin Keown pick apart. Reminiscent of his Dortmund’s struggles last season, Klopp’s tactics came up short against a deep-lying defence.

December 2: Southampton 1-6 Liverpool

After falling behind after just 41 seconds, Liverpool’s emphatic response epitomised the new-found confidence instilled by their charismatic coach. Combining innate tactical organisation with devastating attacking thrust, Daniel Sturridge confirming his comeback with two clinical strikes. Even Divock Origi, eternally ineffective prior to the game, underlined his potential with a sublime hat-trick.

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