Is the Klopp effect starting to make the difference at Liverpool?

Liverpool replaced Brendan Rodgers with Jurgen Klopp in October, and the team appear to be playing more positively.

The Reds sacked the Northern Irish boss after he could only muster a win over bottom-placed Aston Villa in nine matches, including hugely disappointing draws with lower-league Carlisle United and FC Sion at Anfield.

Klopp took over with the club in 10th position in the league, and has so far helped them reach seventh position, eight points behind the all-important fourth place.

The German is also enjoying the League Cup, having helped his side to gain a 1-0 advantage into the home leg of the semi-final, in fact, he has declared how much he is looking forward to the atmosphere at Anfield, which like the bonuses for Double Bubble slot, is an added bonus for any Liverpool manager, the fans are like the 12th man at that Stadium.

Rodgers has had his biggest influence in igniting the home fans, showing a rare emotional side you rarely see in management.

Klopp wears his heart on his sleeve, and we have seen a number of times in his opening months that his mood is strongly linked with his side’s performances and results, and we have already witnessed him running up and down the sidelines celebrating with his team.

Klopp celebrating with his players

He brings an exciting feeling to the game, and has certainly instilled a new excitement into his side, but they still appear to be lacking in consistency.

A huge telling factor for me, is the fact that Liverpool have continued to push on until the latest moments of the game, which show a willingness to fight, having scored a 90th minute equaliser against Arsenal, as well as their last minute winner against Norwich City on Saturday.

Klopp is unhappy that his side keep falling asleep at set pieces however, and is looking to see an improvement in that department.

The former BVB manager could be set to bring instant success to the club, with only two results needed to bring the Capitol One Cup back to Anfield, and a possible all-Merseyside derby at Wembley could play into Klopp’s fiery character.

Updated: January 26, 2016 — 7:07 pm
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