Stan Collymore on the three Liverpool stars who will struggle under Jurgen Klopp

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The German's demands could spell trouble for several squad members.

Former Liverpool striker Stan Collymore has identified three Liverpool players who could struggle under new boss Jurgen Klopp.

The German is known for his commitment to high intensity, dynamic football and Collymore feels there are a few key men within the current crop who may not be able to carry out the orders of the former Borussia Dortmund manager.

“Benteke and Sturridge will almost have to reinvent themselves,” he wrote in his column for Boylesports.com.

“Daniel can do it, make no mistake. But he’s going to have to prove his fitness to be in the manager’s long-term plans. As for Christian, I honestly don’t know if he’ll make it.”

“At Villa, and so far at Liverpool, he seemingly goes through the motions for much of the game before doing something magical, which keeps him in the team. He’s not a natural grafter… so it will be interesting to see whether Klopp makes allowances for the lack of work rate or eventually gets rid,” he added.

Both points have some merit and whether or not Klopp manages to mould some of the more established players to suit his system will make for an intriguing watch.

Christian Benteke has failed to set the world alight following his big money move this summer, and it isn’t his natural game to press aggressively from the front – something that showed under Brendan Rodgers and will only become more apparent under Klopp.

Daniel Sturridge isn’t known primarily for his work rate either but he does have the pace and mobility to execute a pressing game if his fitness is up to scratch.

The England international is arguably the club’s most gifted player and getting the best out of the 26-year old will be one of Klopp’s most important tasks.

Collymore also listed Adam Lallana as another potential casualty of the German’s arrival:

"Adam Lallana is another player who for me doesn’t fit the profile…. Not because he’s not willing to work hard – he most certainly is – but he’s not the kind of attacking midfielder who will be quick enough to implement high intensity pressing into his game.

"He’s languid and not the quickest, and perhaps at 27 that part of his game isn’t going to come easily, so I suggest he may be someone else on the move in the next few windows."

The former Saints midfielder is another who has failed to take Anfield by storm and he will need to impress over the next few weeks if he is to become a major part of Klopp’s Liverpool revolution.

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