5 Players to Flourish Under Klopp

Published 10/27/2015, 3:11 PM EDT
Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp’s arrival to Liverpool seems to be biggest thing to have happened to the club in recent times. With the German hoping to get the team back into the elites, three games have been played so far and improvement in terms of intensity and tempo is clearly visible. They still seem to lack quality but Klopp is the man who has the ability to get the best out of an otherwise moderate squad.

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Here is a list of players who could flourish under his regime.

Adam Lallana

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  Adam who now has a much more pronounced role in the team,seems to have shown progress under Klopp so far. He is now able to play his preferred position of center attacking midfielder. It would be hard for him to become a regular in the Liverpool team because there are so many good players the Reds have in his position. But Klopp seems to have a good understanding with the player and has starred him in all his 3 matches. It’s just the matter of game time, the more he plays, the sooner he’ll reach his prime at the club. Lallana was played on flanks in Rodgers system and failed to impress. Lallana seems to have adapted well to Klopp’s high pressing game in just 3 games, and could be lethal for the squad as the season commences.

Philippe Coutinho- 

Coutinho’s was among last year’s Premier League team of the season. He is under the spotlight of many big clubs, but Klopp can help him settle and give him the liberty to play his natural game. Klopp can raise the Brazilian into a match winner for Liverpool. Coutinho has the potential to become Klopp’s next story of victory. Coutinho loves to cut from left into center and the last 3 games have seen him penetrating well in the box. Jurgen relies deeply on his midfield and he needs Coutinho’s creative head to play an important role in his style of play. Klopp has tried to give him the no. 10 role in between the game but prefers him to play from wide, he is still learning his playing XI and it seems he will get the best of the Liverpool’s Magician.

Alberto Moreno

Brendon Rodgers is looking for the left back Alberto Moreno who belongs to Sevilla FC and Javier Manquillo from Atlético Madrid.

Moreno had a fairly lukewarm first campaign at Liverpool. He is a really talented left back and has the tendency to run yards into danger zones and provide lethal crosses. He has been in sparkling form of late, Klopp seems to have worked on him a lot, as improvements can be seen in the decision making and flying tackles. Klopp at Dortmund gave fullbacks Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek huge license to run down and play in their natural style. Moreno fits perfectly in his ideology. There were clear doubts about whether Moreno could fit at left-back or not, but his current form, coupled with Klopp’s arrival could make him one of the best full backs in the league. Moreno has won 89% of his tackles this season and has played tirelessly down the left.

Roberto Firmino 

Firmino hasn’t had a desired start in Merseyside so far. He has been struggling to adapt to the pace of the Premier League and he too picked up a back injury against Carlisle United, which ruled him out for 2 weeks. The 24-year-old had a great spell at Hoffenheim and was among the top ten players in Bundesliga . He will face competition in his position, but is expected to shine under the new boss and could be the key in providing goals and assists for the side. Jurgen Klopp has been his admirer as he attempted to bring him to Dortmund in 2014. Firmino is now back from injury and now the question would be, how he fits and where he plays under Klopp.

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Emre Can 

Can was undoubtedly the best signing for Liverpool last season. He was deployed in various roles but he played upto his potential and didn’t disappoint. Klopp also admires him, and his versatility would be the key for Reds this season. Though he doesn’t like the center back role and is now given freedom to play in center defensive role under Klopp’s formation of 4-2-3-1. He can act as a destroyer in central midfield and has been running and committing himself more under the new philosophy of Klopp’s style. Can played well in Klopp’s first 3 games, also scored the first goal of new era against Rubin Kazan.

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The 21-year-old  German international has all the qualities to develop into a world class midfielder. Gundogan and Sven Bender flourished under Klopp and he could have a same impact on the young lad .

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