With the managerial talent flooding into the Premier League this summer, many immediately saw the Premier League title race as a straight battle between Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United and Antonio Conte’s Chelsea.
There is no denying the world-class pedigree of the aforementioned managers, but their arrival on these shores has completely taken the media spotlight off another top-quality coach in the league.
— Roberto_Firmino (@Roberto_Firmino) September 24, 2016
Jurgen Klopp is as brilliant as he is barmy. That refreshing, ever-optimistic nature helped mould a Borussia Dortmund side that dethroned German giants Bayern Munich in the Bundesliga and went all the way to the Champions League final.
Yes, the Premier League is a far more difficult task.
But the signs are beginning to show that a Klopp revolution is beginning once again.
While title rivals focused on the European market for their marquee signings, Liverpool stayed closer to home and raided rival Premier League clubs.
Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum have arrived in big-money moves, with the former starting the season in stunning form.
The fact these players are already acclimatised to the Premier League gives the Reds a huge boost and you can bet that is why the former Mainz boss opted to sign them.
It is not just the personnel that have been impressive about Liverpool though; it is the team dynamic.
In true Klopp fashion, the team has changed into a fast-paced, intricate counter-attacking side that hunts down the ball in packs before breaking on the opposition in a ruthless manner.
This emphasis on attack is epitomised by the German’s team selection for the recent 5-1 mauling of Hull City on Saturday.
— Georginio Wijnaldum (@GWijnaldum) September 24, 2016
The Anfield club lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Wijnaldum, Mane, Adam Lallana, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino all taking starting berths.
That amounts to five attacking midfielders and no recognised striker, yet the Reds still scored five goals.
When you consider that Liverpool still have Daniel Sturridge, Divock Origi and Danny Ings to come in, you can see why the red side of Merseyside is beginning to get excited once again.
There are definitely areas to be improved. The 2-0 loss to Burnley was embarrassing and further highlighted the need for extra reinforcements in the backline.
But with no European football, a frightening attack and the backing of the Kop, don’t be surprised to see Klopp’s charges at the top of the mountain come May.