Jürgen Klopp’s arrival as manager has sparked positivity among the Liverpool support, and this must be reflected within his playing squad.
Since the arrival of the Klopp, social media has been awash with celebration and it appears the big German has managed to unite the Anfield faithful – which hasn’t been the case in recent history.
The constant division under Brendan Rodgers appears to be long gone, and has been replaced with a new outlook where the future is much brighter for the club.
The supporters have welcomed their new manager with open arms, and the players now need to do the same by embracing this new positive atmosphere.
Unity in the Dressing Room
Rodgers was accused of losing the dressing room towards the end of his Liverpool reign, as the players looked disinterested and devoid of ideas.
Halfhearted draws with Carlisle and FC Sion had caused the fans to become disillusioned with the methods that the Northern Irishman had employed – and the players reflected this, in that there was a severe lack of creativity.
Early in the season there were clear signs that Liverpool weren’t firing on all cylinders, with marginal victories against Stoke and Bournemouth.
The win at Stoke required a piece of magic from Phillipe Coutinho – who has been missing at times in recent weeks – and now he and his team-mates must perform for their new manager and for the fans.
An Upturn in Fortunes?
That isn’t to say that Klopp’s arrival will guarantee an immediate change in fortunes; it will take time for him to implement his system and find which players work best.
Though the ex-Dortmund manager has said the Reds need to focus on re-establishing their identity this season, the players have a lot of work to do if they are to improve their form and finish respectably.
Talk of new signings is wholly premature as it still remains to be seen which players have a future at the club – which is good news for those who were out of favour under Rodgers, or were misused in the previous system.
It will hopefully mean that players like Lazar Markovic and Tiago Ilori will be given second chances to impress at the club, having been shifted out on loan without being given a real chance.
Certain players will feel the immediate benefits of a new manager, including fellow German Emre Can, who could see himself used in a more advanced role – which would cater to his attributes more than the back-three role he was confined to under Rodgers.
With the right mentality the club has the potential to compete with the best, and with Klopp at the helm – widely believed to be the best man for the job – there is no reason why Liverpool can’t be successful.
The German has undoubtedly restored the feel-good factor around the club, with his infectious character and his footballing philosophy winning over the fans immediately.
With the supporters in good spirits, and full voice, Anfield can become a fortress once again.
So long as the players reciprocate this commitment, the future is bright.