Liverpool’s performance against Manchester City at the Etihad on Sunday morning was simply emphatic. The 4-1 demolition job represents the most complete team performance we’ve seen from the reds in years.
Its quite astonishing how quickly Liverpool have embraced the German’s philosophy and this has definitely come to the fore in the past two away performances against Chelsea and now City.
Liverpool went into enemy territory, staring down at a team that was undefeated in nine games. What transpired next was a case of the Reds completely ripping up the former leaders with three first half goals.
City were rushed and made to feel uncomfortable on the ball with Klopp’s renowned ‘Gegenpressing’ on show. Every time a City player would take a second touch, there was usually a Liverpool foot in the way.
You would think that after Aguero pegged one back for the hosts, City would launch a comeback. You thought wrong as Liverpool pushed on sealing the game off with a cracker from Martin Skrtel, who can’t stop scoring against the Citizens.
Since Klopp walked into Anfield, he has re-energised the team. The home defeat to Crystal Palace was a sharp jab of reality, but away wins at Chelsea and City have shown what the 48-year old is capable of inspiring.
Liverpool looked like a team that had lost its identity and inspiration under Brendan Rodgers, a manager who had almost won their first title in 24 years only 18 months before his dismissal.
It must be remembered and appreciated however, the work Rodgers did during his three and a bit years at the club, coming within a ‘Gerrard slip’ of capturing the title.
But in Klopp, Liverpool have one of the best managers in the world. One that took the fight to Bundesliga heavyweights Bayern Munich and succeeded in astounding fashion.
Klopp is used to setting up his sides for big games, and these are the games Liverpool need to win in order to top the league.
Under Rodgers, Liverpool failed to win at Arsenal, City, Chelsea and only won once once away at Manchester United. Already, Klopp has gone to the two toughest away venues in the league and triumphed.
Rodgers did not beat a top-four team until his ninth attempt and had only one win in his first 12. Furthermore, it took until his eighth attempt to beat a top four side away from home but Klopp has won his first two.
Klopp’s reputation as one of Europe’s premier coaches brings belief and confidence of its own and one of his early successes is how quickly he has been able to transmit it to players who were lacking this precious commodity.
The German will need to keep a lid on the expectations just in case Liverpool’s fanbase get carried away with the upturn in fortunes – but the smiles they shared together at the final whistle on Sunday morning showed things are on the up again at Anfield.