Martin Keown on what Jurgen Klopp must do to get Liverpool back to the top

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The German has been announced as the Reds' new manager.

Martin Keown has claimed that a change of system and renewed focus on defending will be imperative if Jurgen Klopp is to bring the glory days back to Liverpool.

The former Arsenal defender was writing in his Daily Mail feature ‘Tackle Keown’ when he suggested that Brendan Rodgers’ experimental style had hurt the Reds in the past.

“The number of goals Liverpool conceded was horrifying, and that was to do with Rodgers’ obsession with attack and changing the formation,” he wrote.

“Having played in a back three and a back four, I know which one I would want to play in. With the work the wide players have to do in a back three, it creates an imbalance.”

“Liverpool need to stop conceding goals and that’s because of their formation. Over the years Brendan has kept switching to get two strikers in the team, two banks of two in the midfield. There’s been innovation but it’s affected the balance defensively.”

The Reds confirmed the appointment this evening, via their official Twitter feed.

Any footballing system is only as effective as its personnel and it was generally a case of square pegs in round holes for Liverpool under Rodgers, with the likes of Lazar Markovic and Jordan Ibe forced to play unfamiliar and unsuited wingback roles.

Klopp’s successful Borussia Dortmund team, on the other hand, operated in a standard 4-2-3-1 formation with an emphasis on highly energetic and aggressive play off the ball.

This was coupled with a directness and a level of technical prowess in possession which will be hard to replicate with the current Liverpool squad.

Klopp’s Dortmund team boasted the likes of Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus and Mats Hummels and the quality of the Liverpool players is simply not on par.

That being said, the German is known for his ability to get the best out of and improve those who work under him, meaning a breakout star could soon be about to emerge at Anfield.

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