Well-known German football expert Raphael Honigstein highlighted on the Matchday Live with Fletch and Sav show on BT Sport 1 on Saturday morning (October 10, 2015) a key strength of newly-appointed Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp.
“The Dortmund players, none of them were world class before he (Klopp) came there," said Honigstein. "He made them world class. When they left, they didn’t quite look like the same players.
"People thought what’s the fuss about. Kagawa - average, Sahi - who is he? In Dortmund, they looked like superstars.
"Rodgers did (something similar at Liverpool with some players) but he couldn’t make it sustainable, and I think he had no real sense of direction. The philosophy changed all the time. With Klopp, it won’t.”
Klopp’s work at Borussia Dortmund was truly remarkable, and Liverpool fans will hope that he can replicate that success at Anfield and do a better job than Brendan Rodgers did.
What the German did at Dortmund was bring together a group of very talented players and make them world class (or at least close to being world class).
Mats Hummels did not make it at Bayern Munich, but under Klopp he established himself as one of the best centre-backs in the Bundesliga.
Marco Reus took his game to a new level after joining Dortmund from Borussia Monchengladbach, while the developments of Shinji Kagawa, Nuri Sahin and Mario Gotze saw Manchester United, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich sign them respectively.