With just two hours to go until new Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp takes to the touchline for the first time outside his native Bundesliga, it’s fair to say that our resident Reds fans are a little bit excited.
While on paper it looks no easy feat facing Tottenham away in the German’s first game in charge, the Reds have actually beaten Spurs on the last five occasions they’ve met while scoring at least three goals in those same number of fixtures.
Not bad going huh?
So with this good record against Tottenham to keep up, Reds supporters know that a win will will take the club to 15 points and if the likes of Arsenal, Manchester United West Ham United and Leicester slip up, Liverpool could be a lot closer to where they want to be come 8pm on Saturday evening.
In truth, the Reds’ league position is far from being totally disastrous with the Premeir League wide open this year and everybody knows Klopp is focused on a rebuilding process where he will presumably be bringing in a few of his own faces in January.
One man who has been intensely linked with a Reds switch is Borussia Dortmund’s Ilkay Gundogan who managed to displace Manchester United’s Bastian Schweinsteiger for Germany’s most recent European Qualifier against Germany.
Undoubtedly a talented footballer, Klopp has already distanced himself from claims he’ll be making a double swoop for both Gundogan and Marco Reus but with managers sometimes bluffing as we know, we’ve devised a Liverpool eleven with the former player metaphorically included.
Our landlord has been reading the quotes from Kop Legend John Barnes in the Mirror, with Barnes 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.”
Our landlord has to agree with Barnes on this occasion, with him admitting that a move for someone like Ilkay Gundogan would be a major, major move for the Merseyside outfit – which could ultimately help them win the Premier League title.
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Click on the image below to reveal the best XI Liverpool can field under Klopp including Gundogan.