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:
Jurgen Klopp's first ever Liverpool XI 😐🔴 pic.twitter.com/m2fYTwjCs3
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Simon Mignolet (Now at Club Brugge)
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)
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)
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.