Gary Neville: We won’t see Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool vision until February

Former Manchester United defender Gary Neville says it will take Jurgen Klopp time to implement his Liverpool vision

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville has warned Liverpool supporters that they must be patient with new manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 48-year-old head coach was named as the new Reds manager on Thursday evening after the Merseyside outfit sacked Brendan Rodgers following a stalemate with Everton earlier this month.

Klopp has to instill it and it won’t be until January or February, when he’s had three months to work on the players, when we will see his ideas embedded

Gary Neville

Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 before the charismatic coach guided BVB to the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013.

However, former Manchester United defender Neville doesn’t expect Klopp to be an overnight success at Liverpool ahead of his first game in charge against Tottenham Hotspur on Saturday afternoon.

“The job of a manager in the first few months is to make the players understand the culture, the way of playing, the standards, and win along the way,” Neville told Daily Telegraph.

“To press up the pitch with the players he has is not automatically possible. Klopp has to instill it and it won’t be until January or February, when he’s had three months to work on the players, when we will see his ideas embedded.

“It would be unrealistic to expect Liverpool to turn Spurs over 3-0 while strangling them high up the pitch.”

The 18-time English champions are languishing in 10th place in the Premier League table following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.

The Reds are six points behind leaders Manchester City.

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Klopp’s Liverpool side will face Tottenham Hotspur in their first Premier League game at White Hart Lane on 17 October.

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