Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Class Act Klopp Ready to Lead Liverpool Back into the Top Four

Newspaper article Manchester Evening News

Class Act Klopp Ready to Lead Liverpool Back into the Top Four

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t has been a summer of change at Anfield as Jurgen Klopp set about overhauling the squad he inherited last season.

ILIVERPOOL have welcomed seven new signings at a cost of around Pounds 70million, including Southampton dazzler Sadio Mane (Pounds 30m) and Newcastle's Gini Wijnaldum (Pounds 25m).

They have recouped around Pounds 40million in sales, with more expected to follow as Klopp looks to offload unwanted strike duo Christian Benteke and Mario Balotelli.

The likes of Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Brad Smith, Jordon Ibe, Kolo Toure and Jose Enrique have already been moved on.

However, amidst the many comings and goings, arguably the most important signing Liverpool made this summer was Klopp himself after he penned a new six-year contract. It was a huge show of confidence from owners Fenway Sports Group but it was also a very smart move.

Klopp is a class act and Liverpool can count themselves fortunate to have him. He transformed the club following his appointment in October - unifying the fan base and galvanising the dressing room.

With his high-intensity brand of creative football, Klopp is the perfect fit for Liverpool. He awoke a sleeping giant during his seven-year reign with Borussia Dortmund as he built one of the most exciting teams in Europe and is seeking to create something similar at Anfield.

Klopp's impact last season was immense as he guided a much criticised squad to two cup finals. On each occasion they fell short, most damagingly in the Europa League final when Liverpool capitulated in the second half against Sevilla.

Hopes of a return to the Champions League went up in smoke and so did their chances of signing Mario Gotze.

However, it was some journey against the odds just to reach Basel in the first place, with the dramatic fightback against Dortmund taking its place in the pantheon of great European nights at Anfield.

Liverpool's absence from Europe this season should benefit them domestically.

Klopp's big complaint last year was the lack of time he had to spend with his players on the training ground. With 63 games across four competitions, they were constantly playing, recovering and then playing again. …

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