Klopp era at Liverpool starts with trip to Spurs


October 17, 2015
Liverpool's Daniel Sturridge, left, controls a ball as Blackburn's Adam Henley looks on during the English FA Cup quarter final soccer match between Liverpool and Blackburn at Anfield Stadium, Liverpool, England. (AP Photo/Jon Super)


WITH his charm, quips, tactical insights and beaming smile, Juergen Klopp made quite an impression when he was presented as Liverpool's new manager last week.

Comparisons were made with Jose Mourinho's arrival in English football a decade ago. Liverpool fans spoke of Klopp as a saviour.

However, it will be results on the field he'll be judged on and the Klopp era at Liverpool gets off to a potentially tough start today with a trip to Tottenham, which thrashed then-leader Manchester City 4-1 in its last home game in the Premier League.

international break

The international break has at least given Klopp some extra time to adjust to his new surroundings. He was pictured on a night out in Liverpool city centre last Friday, a few hours after his first round of interviews, and took his first training session on Tuesday, with nine players who weren't involved on national-team duty, including Philippe Coutinho, Daniel Sturridge and James Milner.

The serious business begins this weekend.

How long will it take for Klopp to deliver the "full-throttle football" he is promising? Can he make Liverpool more solid at the back? What will his attack look like, with Sturridge, Christian Benteke, Roberto Firmino, Coutinho, in-form Danny Ings and Adam Lallana all competing for places?

Games will come thick and fast for Klopp over the next three weeks, on average one every three or four days across three competitions the league, the Europa League and the English League Cup. That will likely stretch his squad and give him a chance to see who is worth keeping ahead of the January transfer window, when he may reshape the team.

Liverpool are in 10th place after eight games, but only three points off the top four. Spurs are a point and two places ahead.

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