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Throwback: Klopp’s first Liverpool Line-up

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Throwback: Klopp’s first Liverpool Line-up
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It is the international break and we are bored. So here is a throwback. Have a look at Jurgen Klopp’s first-ever Liverpool XI.

It is safe to say that Jurgen Klopp has completely transformed Liverpool in a very short time span. In his very first season, he helped the team reach League Cup and UEFA Europa League finals. And now, just three and a half seasons later, he has turned mid-table fighters to European Champions.

However, this didn’t happen overnight. Klopp’s first encounter was against Tottenham Hotspurs. And this is how his first eleven looked then:

Goalkeeper:

Simon Mignolet (Now at Club Brugge)

Defenders:

Nathaniel Clyne (Still at Liverpool, not a starter)
Martin Škrtel (Now at  İstanbul Başakşehir)
Mamadou Sakho (Now at Crystal Palace)
Alberto Moreno (Now at Villarreal CF)

Midfielders:

Lucas Leiva (Now at Lazio)
Emre Can (Now at Juventus)

James Milner (Still at Liverpool)
Philippe Coutinho (Now at Bayern, on loan from Barcelona)
Adam Lallana (Still at Liverpool, not a starter)

Striker:

Divock Origi (Still at Liverpool, second choice striker)

That Klopp XI played a hard-fought 0-0 draw against Tottenham. Tottenham’s starting line-up back then had a comparatively more familiar feel, only Kyle Walker, Nacer Chadli, Clinton Njie and Andros Townsend are no longer with the North London side.

Klopp’s Liverpool has come a long way since then. In the last couple of seasons, they have reached 2 UCL finals including winning campaign of 2018-19. They also secured 97 points last season in Premier League, however, they fell short by 1 point from winning the league.

Now here is the latest XI that Klopp used in 3-0 win against Burnley FC:

LIVERPOOL STARTING XI (4-3-3): Adrian; Trent Alexander-Arnold, Virgil van Dijk, Joel Matip, Andrew Robertson; Jordan Henderson, Fabinho, Georginio Wijnaldum; Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane.

Let’s just say this Liverpool is miles ahead of the Klopp’s first Liverpool XI.

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