Following Jurgen Klopp‘s appointment as Liverpool’s new manager, who are the players that will benefit most from his arrival? We select five.
The 48-year-old is now officially the Reds’ new man in charge, taking over from Brendan Rodgers to become the 20th manager in the club’s history.
Klopp signed a three-year deal on Merseyside on Thursday, and will be expected to take the club to the next level following an ultimately failed spell under Rodgers.
Liverpool’s squad will have a fresh start under a new manager, which is sure to bring plenty of excitement to those who haven’t always thrived in recent times.
Here are five Reds players we feel could shine most under Klopp.
Following a fairly lukewarm first season at Anfield, Alberto Moreno has been in sparkling form of late, winning back his place in the side.
The Spanish left-back has a huge amount of potential, and is someone who really could flourish under Klopp’s management.
He gave full-backs Marcel Schmelzer and Lukasz Piszczek huge license to roam during his peak years at Dortmund, and a similar role for Moreno would be perfect.
Liverpool’s likeable Spaniard plays the game at 100 miles per hour, and his relentless pressing, pace on the counter-attack and ability to link with others in the final third will instantly appeal to Klopp.
There were doubts about whether Moreno was the answer at left-back or not, but his current form, coupled with Klopp’s arrival, may make him one of the Premier League‘s most explosive full-backs.
Having looked like a world-beater at times during 2014/15, Emre Can‘s form took a step back during the end of Rodgers’ tenure.
The Germany international can only been partially blamed for this though, having been played in various unsuitable positions, and he must relishing the thought of working with his compatriot Klopp.
It seems highly likely that the 48-year-old will deploy Can in his preferred midfield role, and like Moreno, his all-action style will appeal greatly to Liverpool’s new boss.
Klopp’s formation of choice at Dortmund was a 4-2-3-1, and with Can acting as a destroyer in central midfield, he could be quite a force in that system.
The 21-year-old has all the attributes to develop into a world-class midfielder and, under Klopp’s tutelage, he could be even more effective than fellow Germans Ilkay Gundogan and Sven Bender were at Dortmund.
This is an extremely contentious choice, but there is method behind the madness.
Joe Allen was the most divisive Liverpool player during Rodgers’ reign – the Ulsterman didn’t help in that respect – and many will be hoping to see the back of him once Klopp gets started.
However, there is an argument to say that the Welshman could actually shine brighter under the German than Rodgers, with his style of play potentially appealing to the ex-Mainz man.
One player we'll see a lot more of this season is Joe Allen. In terms of MF style Klopp employs, he's one to get on the front foot and press
— Ritchie (@JohnRitchie84) October 7, 2015
Allen’s strengths are the things you don’t easily notice during a game: he is one of the Reds’ most effective pressers of the ball, his passing is crisp and he reads the game well.
There is nothing remotely spectacular about the 25-year-old, but as he showed against Man City last season, he can help boss a midfield battle against top players.
The diminutive midfielder may well have no future at Anfield under Klopp, but he has the intelligence and understated class to potentially dovetail nicely with someone like Can or Jordan Henderson in a double pivot.
Roberto Firmino probably felt like a kid on Christmas morning when he found out Klopp was going to be Liverpool’s next manager.
The 24-year-old had many admirers during his brilliant spell at Hoffenheim. Klopp was one of them, and he attempted to bring him to Dortmund in 2014.
Firmino hasn’t had the happiest start to life in Merseyside so far, struggling to adapt to the pace of the Premier League before picking up a back injury against Carlisle United.
He will be licking his lips at the thought of working with Klopp though, and is likely to be used in the No. 10 role that Rodgers seemingly didn’t want to play him in. He will guarantee goals and assists there.
Fans have been predictably quick to criticise Firmino’s performances, despite him not yet playing 10 games for the Reds, but once he is fit again, we are likely to see him excel in a Liverpool shirt.
It may come as a slight surprise to some, given Klopp’s preference for incredibly mobile, energetic footballers, but Christian Benteke is another player he targeted at Dortmund.
The big Belgian was linked with a move to Signal Iduna Park last year, following Robert Lewandowski’s move to Bayern Munich, but it didn’t materialise.
Klopp likes a good target man to lead the line – but not in an old-fashioned sense like former Liverpool striker John Toshack.
He likes them to be strong, quick, hardworking and ruthless in front of goal, all of which Benteke has in abundance on his day.
The 24-year-old might not be close to Lewandowski’s level – very few strikers in the world are right now – but if Klopp can help take his game go another level, it is a mouthwatering thought for Liverpool supporters.
And one more…
He may not be plying his trade at Anfield this season, but someone who really could be superb under Klopp is Lazar Markovic.
Liverpool’s £20 million man was rather bizarrely sent out on loan to Fenerbahce for the 2015/16 campaign, when it made far more sense for someone like Jordon Ibe to spend some time elsewhere.
Markovic ticks some many boxes when it comes to attributes Klopp looks for in a player: he is direct, creative and hardworking, and would be perfect down the left or right flank in a 4-2-3-1.
There is a reason why the young Serb was regarded as one of Europe’s most exciting young players when he joined the Reds in 2014, but Rodgers never got the best out of him.
Klopp will surely retain him once his loan spell ends – he may even recall him in January – and like a number of those listed above, he could look a completely different player working alongside Klopp.