Despite the new Liverpool looking a lot like the old Liverpool in Jurgen Klopp’s opening 0-0 stalemate against Tottenham, Jurgen Klopp has insisted that there is no need to rip everything up and start again as far as his Anfield fixer-upper project is concerned.
Why, the German coach even believes the Reds squad boasts a “complete footballer” among their number – that man, of course, being James Milner.
Klopp told reporters:
We don’t have to sprinkle magical dust on them: ‘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.
I am not sure how many games you saw like this from Adam Lallana? I know him from Southampton and he can do 20-30 percent more.
Philippe Coutinho? Do you not think he can play better football than today? 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.
However, the Liverpool boss reserved special praise for the Wortley Wunderkind:
Milner? The complete football player, the perfect professional, a machine.
He sure is Jurgen, he sure is…