English Premiership

Klopp reflects on life at Liverpool

2016-09-16 12:14
Jurgen Klopp (Getty Images)

Cape Town - Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp admits his year at Anfield has been somewhat of an emotional roller coaster, but he believes the work they are doing is starting to pay off.

Klopp joined the Reds amid fanfare, with many of the club's supporters believing he would be the man to return them to their former glory.

This confidence stemmed from his time at Borussia Dortmund, whom he led to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final when many felt that Bayern Munich were unstoppable.

The German mentor has Liverpool playing some breathtaking football when they are on form, but they have struggled with consistency during his tenure, meaning they only finished eighth in the Premier League last season.

The 2016/17 campaign will be Klopp's first full season in charge and much will be made of Klopp's influence at Anfield over the next 12 months, whether it ends in success or failure, but the 49-year-old is confident it will be the former.

"It's been very interesting. Very challenging. Very emotional," he told Sky Sports.

"There's already been a lot of emotional games - not just the Dortmund one. I've had emotional moments after big defeats and we've had those too, unfortunately.

"But we have created confidence and we believe in our strengths and that all happened in the last 11 months.

"The pressing game is a part of it but there are different stages. When you start building a team and a style of play you have to start with the basics. It's a process and that's the only problem I have sometimes in football - that a process take time.

"It's not only high pressure and counter-pressing. We're a ball-possession team but it makes sense that when you have the ball and lose it, you have an idea of what you can do to get it back. It's a complex game, football - one big question - and you need to have plenty of answers."

 

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