Since Klopp’s arrival on Merseyside six weeks ago, there has been a rejuvenated buzz around Anfield and the players have responded to the former Borussia Dortmund’s ideals and style of play.
Victories over Chelsea and Manchester City have been the notable high points, yet it’s the attitude of the players and the ensuing performances which have significantly improved.
When asked to put his finger on the catalyst for Liverpool’s upturn in fortunes, Murphy told talkSPORT that the freedom in which Klopp allows his players to express themselves has made a huge difference.
“The one word that I think when you look at Liverpool now is freedom. They all look freed up to make mistakes and just play,” Murphy told the Sports Breakfast show.
“That third goal they scored at City [Roberto Firmino’s strike] was a goal full of confidence, creativity and endeavour. It had everything, that goal, and long may it continue.”
Against Manchester City, the Reds were utterly rampant as they swarmed all over the hosts in possession and broke with such speed and directness through the middle.
While it may have come as a surprise to observers, supporters and even the players as the Reds raced into a 3-0 lead at the Etihad, Klopp instead simply had a look of self-assurance in his philosophy.
The potential at the club is there for all to see, and with a little more consistency there is no reason why the Anfield outfit can’t surge up the table and have a real crack at the top four this season.