James said: “I was so impressed with the way Liverpool played v Tottenham, with their closing the ball down. I think the organisation of the Liverpool side, against a Tottenham side doing very well at home, was special.”
The Reds secured a hard fought 0-0 draw with Spurs in what was Klopp’s first game in charge, and it was a promising result considering the German boss had just a week to work with his newly inherited squad.
There were some clear improvements from the Liverpool that was seen under Brendan Rodgers, with the high pressing in the opening 20 minutes a joy to behold. It was unfortunate that the woodwork prevented the Reds from taking the lead in these opening stages of the game.
Spurs grew into the game as it wore on, and the fitness of the Liverpool players fell, but James has admitted that he was very impressed by the ‘special’ organisation that Klopp had established into his players.
They possessed a rigid structure, and it was clear that Klopp had given defined roles to each of his players, and the players responded to these instructions.
The performance was one of real promise, and although Liverpool could only come away with a lone point at the end of the game, if the players continue to play as they did against Spurs, the Merseyside club should be picking up Klopp’s first win before too long.