Burley was not convinced Liverpool were different under Klopp than they were under Rodgers.
Speaking to ESPN, former Chelsea and Celtic star Craig Burley has explained that he did not see anything different from Liverpool between their games under Brendan Rodgers and Jurgen Klopp, with the players only looking better as they tried harder.
Burley said: “Jurgen Klopp will get his work done eventually. It will take weeks, possibly months, possibly a year. There was no difference to what Liverpool did at the weekend [than under Rodgers], apart from the fact that they worked a little bit harder for the manager.”
Whilst Liverpool only managed a draw with Spurs in the opening game of Klopp’s career with the Reds, it is hard to deny that they looked an improved side than they were towards the latter stages of Rodgers career.
As Burley says, it could simply be that the players were trying harder, and so looked to be running longer distances and putting in more energetic tackles, and if this is the case then the performances are sure to drop off again over the coming weeks.
However, this does not seem to be the case, with the performance showing a much more consistent gameplan and a clearer identity than Liverpool have played out in recent months.
They were pressing from the front in logical patters, and the attacking play was well rehearsed, which is impressive considering the fact that Klopp had less than a week to work in training with his full squad.
Burley has no doubts that Liverpool will star two improve under Klopp, but he does not believe the German coach has had an impact in the short space of time he has been at Anfield. However, judging off his side's opening performance, it appears as if Klopp is already working his magic with the Merseyside club after a promising opening game.