What does it take for a player to be picked by Jurgen Klopp?


Jurgen Klopp is in a league of his own where he builds his teams on his ideologies and only selects players who meet his selection criteria. We have seen this season how talent may not be enough for Klopp as Daniel Sturridge is constantly overlooked in favor of Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.

Same has been the case with Christian Benteke, Alberto Moreno and Jordon Ibe where all of them are extremely talented and might walk in to other Premier league teams, but are getting sidelined by Jurgen Klopp.

For a player to be picked in Klopp’s starting XI, he has to be a selfless and intelligent runner. He needs to cover every blade of grass from first whistle to the last. Klopp builds his team around aggressive pressing thus energy levels for his players have to be on the higher side.

Another quality needed for Klopp’s preferred players is the ability of playing various positions. At present, James Milner, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are the first names on Klopp’s team sheets and it is hardly a surprise that these players can operate in several positions.

Milner can play in central midfielder as well in the front three to support the striker. Same is the case with Coutinho and Firmino who can easily swap sides and be the false number 9 or even play as the striker up top.

Klopp wants mobility to his front men and the desire to work hard for the team’s cause. That is where Sturridge and Benteke have fallen behind and are a safe bet to be sold this summer.

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 Ings is working his way back to fitness

Divock Origi established himself as Liverpool’s key striker before his ankle injury against Everton. In all probability, Origi will be Klopp’s leading striker next season. Another striker who is due to have a big rile under Klopp next season is Danny Ings.

The English centre-forward is recovering swiftly and is in line to play some part before the season ends. Klopp is really happy and inspired by Ings’ attitude during his rehab phase and is eager to work with the former Burnley striker.

Ings will be the typical striker Kloop craves for who can work his socks off during games and knows his way towards the goal.

With Ings returning and Origi already an established striker for Klopp, future looks even bleaker for Sturridge and Benteke, who are tipped for an exit next season.

Liverpool will be in the market for new summer signings with Klopp heading the recruitment process. So far players like Mario Gotze and Kevin Volland have been linked with a move to Anfield next season.

Given their playing style, it does look like that they will be good additions to Jurgen Klopp’s new look Liverpool side, who are expected to mount a serious title challenge next season.

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