Jürgen Klopp

Jürgen Klopp has revolutionised Liverpool's identity beyond recognition since first seeds were sown


There was – justifiably – a profound sense of new-found hope and belief which permeated the global Liverpool supporter base upon Klopp's arrival, but no one was in any doubt regarding the size of the task he'd inherited and the extent of the challenges that lay ahead if he were to successfully restore the club's status as a genuine force to be reckoned with on the domestic and European stage.


His task of initially figuring out a viable formula with the resources at his disposal was only hardened by a vast injury list which included numerous key players at the time: Jordan Henderson (metatarsal), Roberto Firmino (back), Daniel Sturridge (knee), Christian Benteke (thigh) and Dejan Lovren (ankle).


It was a pattern which continued throughout the game – especially in the opening half hour – as Liverpool ran themselves into the ground relentlessly, hunting in packs, closing down passing angles and putting Tottenham under an immense amount of pressure.


Lining up in a 4-3-2-1 formation (which morphed into more of a 4-2-3-1 at times), Klopp went with Adam Lallana and Philippe Coutinho as tucked-in, quasi-number-tens floating around and interchanging behind Divock Origi as the spearhead of the attack, with an industrious midfield trio of Lucas Leiva, Emre Can and James Milner.


With Lucas anchoring, Can and Milner would frequently shuttle out wide to stretch the play, and when out of possession, they'd double up ahead of Alberto Moreno and Nathaniel Clyne to Tottenham's route down the flanks.


The bench which included the likes of Joao Teixeira, Connor Randall and Jerome Sinclair was alarmingly weak, but more a reflection of a freakishly unfortunate injury crisis than a bad squad per se.






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