- Apr 20, 2015
We have to be realistic. Klopp sticks to his guns so is generally inflexible. We have seen this again this season Fabinho, Henderson and Keita being good examples even if their cases are very different. Then there are his substitutions which often come late and aren't very inspired most of the time. When he gets forced into a situation things seem to go well like Henderson coming on against Southampton (appeared to be the spark to our end of season) and the 2nd leg against Barça with angry Gini coming on for injured Andy. (this is tantamount to his training if you ask me). So he really isn't a great tactician and I don't ask him to become one. He is stubborn and in the long run that tends to work well. Why should he change or learn?When Klopp signed, I along with probably most people expected him to use the same system that he had...pretty much every game in his Dortmund career. And to favor similar players. But he hasn't, not completely anyway. A lot of that has to do with two unique players -- Lewandowski, and Firmino. I think part of Klopp's struggle in his last season at Dortmund is that he tried to replace Lewandowski, rather than using the best striker he had as a striker (Aubameyang). He made the switch after the winter break, Auba scored 11 goals in 16 games, and the team flew up the table.
You'd like to think Klopp learned from this, and became more flexible -- which has become vitally important for Liverpool as he now has a team with a much different CF, and a much different top CB, a much different GK, and a RB that simply can do things no BVB RB he had can (and maybe not any RB not named Kimmich since the prime of Dani Alves).