I was horrified by the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool boss.
I knew that the Reds had appointed their best boss in a long time and as an Evertonian, I would never hear the last of Liverpool’s achievements under Klopp.
Liverpool have not actually achieved much under Klopp yet. However, the team have made giant strides under the affable German boss.
I hate to say this, but even as a fan of the club across Stanley Park, I cannot bring myself to dislike Klopp.
Even blooding the youngsters
Klopp’s Liverpool are currently second in the Premier League table. On Tuesday night the Reds overcame Championship Leeds United to book their place in the semi-finals of the EFL Cup.
It was a historic night for one of the cups youngsters Ben Woodburn, who at 17 years and 45 days became the club’s youngest-ever goalscorer, beating the record of former England striker Michael Owen. Ironically just like Owen, Woodburn was born in Chester.
The highly-rated young player was making just his second appearance for the first team. He only made his debut on Saturday in the 2-0 win over Sunderland at Anfield.
Another youngster full-back Trent Alexander-Arnold has also caught the eye in his cameos for the Reds this season in the League Cup. The 18-year-old even grabbed himself an assist on Tuesday night for Liverpool’s opening goal from Divock Origi.
Klopp has vowed to nurture the club’s young players in the right way. From the Germans previous track record of developing players, it is difficult to see him going against his word.
Klopp produces excitement
West Brom boss Tony Pulis has been talking recently about foreign bosses and how they are regarded as more exciting than British bosses. Pulis stated that he and the likes of Sean Dyche attempt to do similar things to Klopp.
However, foreign bosses are rated higher than British bosses. Sorry, Tony but Jurgen Klopp’s team play exciting and attractive football. Whereas your teams play mostly turgid football that hardly anybody wants to watch.
Klopp’s team represent his personality, in the fact that they have character and passion. The German comes across as a nice guy in interviews, but he is fiercely passionate and charismatic. Klopp’s team’s ‘Gegenpressing’ style of play means that his team plays with pace and attacking intent.
There is hardly a dull moment when Liverpool are playing and it must be great to watch for Liverpool fans. The Reds fans must believe that they finally have a boss that can bring the glory days back to Anfield, which has been a long time coming.
Klopp represents a shining beacon of hope for Liverpool fans. The fact that he is willing to promote the young players at the club is also a bonus for the Reds fans.
Reds could win early silverware
Liverpool are the favourites to win the EFL Cup at odds of 13/8. The competition is by no means the Reds priority with the team looking likely to put in a genuine challenge for the Premier League title this season.
Klopp has rotated his squad and given youngsters a chance and his side have still made it through to the last four of the EFL Cup.
They have been given a fairly comfortable passage to the semi-finals, facing three Championship teams. However, the team’s performances in the competition should not be underestimated. What is good about Klopp’s team is that whatever players he picks the team’s style does not change.
Liverpool are now one step closer to winning their first silverware under Klopp. Unfortunately, I have a feeling there will be plenty more silverware heading to Merseyside with the German as Liverpool boss.
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