No magic dust but Klopp wants players to run wild

Tottenham 0 Liverpool 0: LIVERPOOL’S new manager, Jurgen Klopp, wants to see a wilder side to his players after a tame scoreless draw in his first match in charge at Tottenham.

No magic dust but Klopp wants players to run wild

The Merseyside club’s new messiah was satisfied with the stalemate, especially considering the number of strikers he is missing, with Christian Benteke, Danny Ings and Daniel Sturridge all ruled out of the trip to White Hart Lane.

But he still wants to see a more adventurous streak from the players he does have fit and available to ensure the possession they have is converted into points throughout the rest of the season.

“This is cool,” Klopp said after his Premier League debut. “But of course we should play better football. Not because I say but because we can.

“When we have the ball the other team has to run. I saw things like this 1000 times. We start with this development and the most important thing is for the players to be prepared to be a little bit wild.

“You can run and then you can miss. No problem. Don’t worry. Come back again. That’s what I saw. This part I am satisfied with but we can do better and will do better. It’s okay.”

Simon Mignolet did well in the visitors’ goal to deny Harry Kane and Clinton Njie goals in each half and Divock Origi, the young forward rarely used by former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers but suddenly essential to the injury-ravaged side, headed his side’s best effort against the crossbar.

There was enough of the high-pressure football Klopp is famed for from his time at Borussia Dortmund to suggest he is already imprinting his mark on the squad and he was pleased with the return he got from just three days of working at the club’s Melwood base.

“We are only three days together and you can see that something changed,” Klopp said.

“We didn’t want to do it too complicated because it is not physics it is football.

“We had some information. Maybe some things are new but we didn’t want it to be complicated. On the pitch we have not had much time. Now we will go on. It was an important game for us because now we have our experience together that we needed.

“We don’t have to sprinkle magical dust on them and say ‘and now you can play football.’ They know how to play. We just have to create a situation where it is possible to do this.

“There is pressure, yes, but it is not the biggest pressure, these guys are running for their life. There is nothing to worry and say, ‘Come on, try again.’ Everything is ok. We have some very good players on the bench, or on the treatment table at home, and we need these players of course.”

The former striker has seen enough from a handful of his players in the short time he has been in charge to realise who is falling short of their potential and who is already the “complete football player”.

“I am not sure how many games you saw like this from Adam Lallana,” he said.

“I know him from Southampton and he can do 20-30 per cent more.

“Coutinho? Do you not think he can play better football than this? Of course, he can.

“Lucas? You don’t think he can play balls on the right and left side? Of course he can.

“Emre Can? Learning between running and passing. He can learn.

“Milner? The complete football player, the perfect professional, a machine, everything is there.”

Tottenham boss Mauricio Pochettino agreed that Liverpool were impressive but he insisted the groundwork was done by Rodgers.

The Argentine faced a similar situation when he took over from Nigel Adkins at Southampton and he clearly felt for the ousted Carnlough man. “To be honest, we need to be fair, I think the work and the job of Brendan Rodgers was fantastic,” the Spurs head coach said after the draw.

“Yes Liverpool ran because they were prepared like us when it was Nigel Adkins before and I arrived (at Southampton). We said to be fair we need to give the credit to the previous manager and always it is about time to work.

“Now I think Jurgen Klopp needs time to work, to apply his methods, to start to work in the way he wants to play. Saturday was an exciting game because the players were over-motivated with a new manager, first game, this is football.”


Lloris 6; Walker 5 Alderweireld 6, Vertonghen 6, Rose 5, Dembele 7, Alli 6, Lamela 6, (Townsend, 87, 5), Eriksen 6, Chadli 6 (N’Jie 11, 6), Kane 6.

Subs not used:

Vorm, Trippier, Wimmer, Winks, Davies.


Mignolet 6, Clyne 6, Skrtel 7, Sakho 6, Moreno 6, Lucas 6, Can 6, Milner 7, Lallana 7 (Allen 81, 6) Coutinho 6 (Ibe 87, 6) Origi 6.

Subs not used:

K Toure, Bogdan, Sinclair, Teixeira, Randall

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