Is this when Liverpool will see the first real signs of the Klopp effect

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Improving players on the training ground seems to be of utmost importance for Klopp, the only time he might get that could be in pre-season.

The hype surrounding the appointment of Jurgen Klopp was something that has not been seen before, well not for a while at least on Merseyside. 

After some incredibly stale and mediocre years since their last title triumph in 1990, it is of little wonder Liverpool fans were excited to get one of the most sought after managers in the game, someone who revitalised the fortunes of Borussia Dortmund shortly after one of the most turbulent periods in their history. 

Since his arrival there have been mixed results. The fantastic away wins against Chelsea, Manchester City and Southampton have shown what this current side is capable of but there have been reality checks against the likes of Crystal Palace, Newcastle United and Watford.

But there have been several fixtures during that time and Klopp has yet to really get to grips with the side on the training field, something he appears to value. It is why he is trying to give the current players an opportunity to prove themselves up until the summer it seems, as he assesses them properly, and whether he feels he can improve them before dipping into the transfer market.

When is he likely to get the most time together? Evidently it is going to be pre-season. When it gets to that stage of Klopp's tenure, he will have had the chance to assess almost every individual from his squad in match scenarios, not just against the odd side in pre-season that makes certain players look good. 

By that time he will have had so much time on the training field together with his squad so he can get to grips with what he wants from them. He will probably prefer for there not to be a European Championship in the meantime, of course, but that cannot be helped.

Then there will be the players that Klopp feels he needs to bring in to enhance his squad for the season that he will have ahead of him. How all that gels will be interesting to watch, and how quickly they adapt to his way of working will be key to whether there will be a marked improvement in the Liverpool side of summer 2016 compared to the current crop. 

But Klopp has made it pretty clear he needs time to improve and work on things with his side. He said it from the outset, almost pleading at his first press conference that he needed time to get the team anything like the way he wanted to. Even with the thrashings of Southampton and Manchester City on the road, he was still looking at areas where he felt the side needed to improve. 

He will want his side to play every game possible this season, it will mean that silverware is not far away if they do not claim at least one of the prizes on offer. That means pre-season could be the only time he could get to do the substantial work on the training ground that he craves. 

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