Jamie Carragher runs rule over Jurgen Klopp’s first Liverpool game
Reds legend Jamie Carragher is impressed with Jurgen Klopp's impact in his first game in charge of Liverpool
Jamie Carragher has praised Jurgen Klopp’s impact on the Liverpool side.
The Reds played out a goalless draw with Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on Saturday afternoon as Klopp avoided a defeat in his first game in charge of the 18-time English champions.
The distance Liverpool covered, it was like they had an extra man on the pitch in terms of pressing and defending
Klopp, who signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit, takes over the reins from Brendan Rodgers after a mixed start to the Premier League season.
But Carragher, who played under Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield, believes there are promising signs following Liverpool’s stalemate in north London at the weekend.
“I liked what I saw. Very rarely do you see a manager stamp his authority on a team from day one, but that’s what he did.
“Over the week since he’s had the job, we’ve been reading about what he is like as a manager – pressing, how much distance they are going to cover.
“Transition pressing was a massive thing for Klopp at Borussia Dortmund and it looks like it’s going to be a really big thing for this Liverpool team. One thing Klopp likes is for four or five players to get around the opposition player on the ball. He sees transition as a great opportunity to score a goal.
“As soon as they lose the ball you can see they will keep pressing until they win it back. They’re organised and you can see that has been worked on in the first two or three days in training.
“What was the difference? Well, these are things you don’t see from every team and that is what impressed me in the past from Klopp and we’re seeing it from day one. The distance Liverpool covered, it was like they had an extra man on the pitch in terms of pressing and defending.”
Liverpool are in tenth place in the Premier League table after a return of 13 points from a possible 27 after nine games of the season.
The 18-time English champions have made Klopp their eighth manager of the Premier League era.
The Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League this Thursday before the five-time European champions welcome Southampton in the Premier League.