With Jurgen Klopp taking charge of his first home game at Anfield tomorrow evening against Russian outfit Rubin Kazan, it’s safe to say our resident Liverpool supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern are rather excited.
Having claimed a point from his first game in charge against Tottenham at the weekend, Klopp was enthusiastic about his side’s performance but stressed that time is needed in order for him to craft the Reds’ squad into title challengers once again.
Currently on two points from two games in Group B in the Europa League having drawn with Bordeaux and FC Sion thus far, a win is required tonight against Kazan to put Liverpool in the driving seat for qualification but deep down, every Reds fans knows that they’d rather their club in the Champions League.
A lot is made of Thursday night Europa League action proving a detriment to the form of club sides on Sunday back in the Premier League but with Klopp having talked about mentality a lot in his brief spell in charge so far, Liverpool will have to forget any excuses while solely concentrating on football, game by game.
Under Brendan Rodgers, we saw the former Liverpool boss give squad players more of a run out against Bordeaux and Sion and it remains to be seen whether Klopp will emulate this or go with his strongest available eleven against the Russians this evening.
At the time of writing, Daniel Sturridge was much fancied to return to the Liverpool fold having missed the Spurs game at the weekend via a further knock to his knee and his return to the Reds fold will prove vital in Liverpool grabbing a victory.
With Klopp also set to strengthen his team with a few new faces he values in January, a few current Liverpool players could be sweating on their future. That’s why we’ve devised a five-man list of Liverpool players Klopp needs to axe in January.
Click on the image below to reveal the five players Jurgen Klopp needs to axe at Liverpool in January.