Klopp’s Liverpool masterplan, our alternative Champions League guide & Joey Barton’s porn admission
The new season is well under way and European football is upon us once again.
When Jurgen Klopp took over as manager of Liverpool last October, not everyone was celebrating. “I’m worried,” said Alex Ferguson. “He’s got a strong personality and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top. I don’t like saying it, this being Liverpool, but I’m worried he’ll do well.”
Based on that assessment, if anyone is going to put Liverpool back on their perch, it’ll be Jurgen Klopp. The affable German has made clear progress in his time in charge at Anfield, demonstrating at times last season that when this Liverpool team are good, they are almost unplayable.
But titles and trophies are built on consistency, and our cover feature this month – written by Oliver Kay – looks at the challenges Klopp faces in turning Liverpool into real contenders.