They’ve been counting down the days here in the Football Transfer Tavern and luckily enough for our Liverpool supporters, they only have to wait three more days until Jurgen Klopp takes to the touchline for the first time as Reds boss.
Playing against Tottenham Hotspur in the early game at Saturday lunchtime, Klopp faces a Spurs side that Liverpool have beaten the last five times they’ve faced their North London opposition with even Mario Balotelli being able to down Mauricio Pochettino’s side at Anfield last term!
That said, the game is a stiff test as Klopp’s first game in charge and everybody is waiting with baited breath to see which tactics he enforces, which personnel he uses and ultimately, how competitive the Reds look under his tutelage.
In recent days, most talk around the bar has been about which Borussia Dortmund players could end up following Klopp to the Kop but with the new Reds boss distancing himself from poaching the cream of the crop from Signal Iduna Park, perhaps he wants to be respectful to his former employers.
At the same time, while Klopp of course boasts a fantastic knowledge about certain players he used to manage at Dortmund, he’ll also have an inside-track knowledge on several other Bundesliga stars who are perhaps lesser known on these shores.
While he may swoop for a few of his former Dortmund players, he may also choose to opt to sign new blood from the likes of Hoffenheim, Schalke and Bayer Leverkusen to boot!
Liverpool legend John Barnes spoke to the Mirror about Liverpool and their transfer situation, saying: “Is Liverpool’s potential good enough to win the league? I don’t think so. We still need better players and I think one of the reasons he has been brought in is because of his knowledge of good, young German players. That’s what it is going to take.
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Click on the image below to reveal the five Bundesliga stars new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp could sign in January.