Nearly eight weeks into his reign in the Anfield hot-seat, Jurgen Klopp is finding Premier League football a breeze. The German has just one defeat to his name, a narrow 2-1 loss at Selhurst Park. With the improved optimism and enthusiasm bubbling around the area many feel it is not long before Liverpool reap the benefits of Heir Klopp’s appointment.
It is no secret that the majority of clubs thrive on the appointment of a new boss, bringing an upheaval in form, but
this seems to be more than a spurt. Many players whose heads were firmly facing the floor have picked up in recent weeks, Roberto Firmino, Emre Can, and most notably Alberto Moreno have all hit the ground running under the new gaffer. The Spaniard was silenced to the bench throughout most of the Rodgers reign, his attacking talents wasted at left back when given the rare chance to shine. Since arriving in Merseyside at the beginning of the 2014/15 season Moreno has received much unwanted scrutiny. His defensive abilities may not be up to the wing-back role, although his attacking talents say otherwise. Under Klopp, he has regularly been found bombing down the flank, dragging defenders into no mans land away from Brazilian double act Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino. It is difficult to say why he wasn’t given his golden chance earlier, but with the former Seville man growing in confidence by the day, the Kop will be optimistic Moreno can continue to impress.
The high pressure, charismatic style implemented by Klopp had doubters quaking in their boots following the away drubbing of Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Klopp silenced any remaining critics of his lively style with the 4-1 demolition of title favourites Manchester City. A rejuvenated Philippe Coutinho played an instrumental part in proceedings as the City central defenders parted like the red sea, to allow Liverpool to take the early lead. Firmino and then former Inter midfielder Coutinho then added to the scoreline as Pellegrini was left scratching his head. You simply don’t expect lacklustre performances like this out of a title challenging side. Even Sergio Aguero’s smart finish a minute before the interval wasn’t enough to shift the City slickers out of first gear. All doubt was removed when Martin Skrtel rubberstamped the game with a thunderous volley past Joe Hart. All this looks extremely impressive on paper but its another question to whether Liverpool have enough steam to confront City at the summit.
Injury troubles have hindered the progress of Daniel Sturridge in recent years; the former Chelsea striker was reduced to seven league appearances last campaign following a dream of a debut season among the Anfield ranks. With the Merseysiders treatment table overflowing with absentees, especially striking
options, Klopp will have to dig deep into his resources to find goalscoring talent. Christian Benteke has seemingly adjusted to life in the spotlight and found his feet in terms of goalscoring form. Four goals may not rank him with some of the Anfield greats of yesteryear but considering the pressure that was heaved on the Belgians shoulders, it is a more than respectable return.
Whatever happens between now and May, the Klopp era has truly begun. Many supporters will believe he has the credentials to lead Liverpool to their first Premier League title. Positivity is key in football, and Klopp will certainly bring smiles to the faces of many Liverpool fan this season.