Bundesliga expert: Why Jurgen Klopp deserves huge credit for Liverpool impact
Raphael Honigstein runs the rule over Jurgen Klopp's impact at Liverpool
Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool has worked wonders at Anfield, according to Bundesliga expert Raphael Honigstein.
Liverpool are unbeaten in the Europa League having finished top of their group, the Reds reached the League Cup semi-final earlier this month, whilst the Merseyside outfit are only six points adrift of fourth place in the Premier League.
It’s a huge change when only eight weeks ago we were all thinking this was going to be another hopeless, boring season for Liverpool
And BT Sport’s German football correspondent Honigstein explained to The Sport Review why he isn’t surprised that the appointment of the German manager immediately changed the fortunes of the club.
“I think you can ask anyone around the club, the fans, the players and people on the board even before the results started to come in I think they all noticed that the atmosphere changed,” Honigstein told The Sport Review.
“There was a different vibe, a sense of optimism and a sense of things changing for the better.
“Some people are realising that the team isn’t that bad if it is properly coached and the way the Premier League is going this season, they could actually have a really successful season.”
Honigstein added that Klopp’s achievements so far at Anfield shouldn’t go unnoticed considering the state of the club just before his arrival.
“It’s a huge change when only eight weeks ago we were all thinking this was going to be another hopeless, boring season for Liverpool where they are treading water and they don’t have enough money and all these top teams are so far ahead of us.
“But that view has completely changed now and I think that is down to him and I think that is a huge achievement in itself.”
Klopp has only been in the hot seat since early October but has already recorded wins at Manchester City and Chelsea ahead of a testing festive period.
In January, the German will face Arsenal and Manchester United in a space of four days, along with the League Cup semi-final against Stoke City and the FA Cup third round.
You can catch Rafa Honigstein with James Richardson and other guests on the European Football Show on BT Sport every Sunday at 6:45pm