Klopp is transforming Liverpool into a mighty team. There is no doubt about it, especially after their flawless victory over Barcelona in a friendly match.
Yes, it was a friendly game and yes, Barcelona is not complete now anywhere near the form they will probably be in one month from now, when Primera Division starts. However, it is never easy to defeat them, especially by 4:0! And the result could have been even more convincing.
With Daniel Sturridge injured (again!), Benteke not the kind of attacker Klopp wants, Danny Ings completely forgotten and Divock Origi perhaps too young to lead Liverpool’s attack, it was unclear how would Klopp overcome all those obstacles. But he isn’t one of the best managers in the world for nothing and he proved that one more time, against mighty Barcelona.
Liverpool dominated the match from the outset and completely disrupted the trademark Barcelona game plan with brave pressing on their midfielders. Borussia Dortmund under Klopp was probably the best team when it comes to pressing their rivals. He slowly implements that system in Liverpool and you can’t get bigger proof for that than completely destroying Barcelona’s tiki-taka.
However, Liverpool constantly has at least one flawless victory in pre-season tour throughout the course of last five years, but their seasons weren’t that successful, so Klopp knows that he must stay firmly with feet on the ground.
In the match against Barcelona it was particularly impressive how some summer signings performed, as well as several players who didn’t have much playing time in the previous season. Mane opened up the score sheet and proved he isn’t overpaid, like many fans thought, while Grujic, who arrived for a bargain price from Serbian champion Crvena zvezda showed remarkable midfield presence and also scored a beautiful goal in the end of the game.
Defender Ragnar Klavan, a pretty unknown 30-year-old who was signed from Augsburg this summer already proved himself as an excellent addition to Liverpool’s fragile defense, while James Milner, who played as a left back, was also remarkable against Barcelona and he completely destroyed them down the left flank and Klopp will maybe use him as a cover on that position. However, Liverpool should probably buy a starting left back, since Alberto Moreno simply can’t deliver goods on that position – although he is pretty dangerous when he attacks, he is a huge defensive liability and Klopp knows that.
Firmino, Wijnaldum and Coutinho will play as attacking midfielders and one of them will serve as a “false nine” as it seems Liverpool looks better in that formation than when they send a classic attacker on the pitch. We will see how they will start the season in the derby match against Arsenal.