Klopp reveals he had to lift dull atmosphere at Liverpool

first_imgLiverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has revealed he had to improve the ‘depression-like’ atmosphere at the club with his high-pressing style on his arrival at the club.Klopp insists the Reds needed a lift when he arrived in 2015 and that approach has set the platform for their title challenge this season.The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool manager in October 2015, leading the club to an eighth place finish in the 2015/16 season as well as reaching the finals of the EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League.Klopp admits to changing his style this season and the weaknesses of his philosophy during his early years in charge of the Merseyside club.However, the German insists the initial style of play was necessary to lift the mood around the club and has ultimately benefited the club in the long-term.“Of course, we had to develop. That’s what we do since I came in,” Klopp told ESPN.Roberto Firmino, LiverpoolVirgil van Dijk praises Roberto Firmino after Liverpool’s win Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Virgil van Dijk hailed team-mate Roberto Firmino after coming off the bench to inspire Liverpool to a 3-1 comeback win against Newcastle United.“First, because it felt a little bit like a depression here. I think it made sense to be extremely lively. Yes, to make mistakes, but be very lively, very direct, very energetic.”“It was not perfectly organised. In a few parts we were pretty quick with organisation, but it was only the offensive pressing pretty much. All the other departments we were a bit random, I would say.”“That, of course, improved a lot, so we are now working together with big parts of the squad for more than three years, which is brilliant. And all the other players which we picked, they adapted pretty well because of different reasons. One is only quality and the other thing is that they have played similar styles of football in the club they were in before.”“It was clear, we have to become more stable. That’s what we try to do. It was a big thing in the summer obviously and the boys did the job so far. That’s why we could get the results we could get.”last_img

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