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Jurgen Klopp's in-tray at Liverpool: Keeping Philippe Coutinho a priority for new coach

by 08/10/2015 19:58:00 0 comments 1 Views
  • Jurgen Klopp signs three-year Liverpool deal to replace Brendan Rodgers
  • Former Borussia Dortmund manager to be unveiled at 10am on Friday
  • German has to keep Philippe Coutinho, repair the defence and restore faith
  • He will have to work closely with and develop players he has inherited 

By Dominic King for MailOnline

Published: 23:57 GMT, 8 October 2015 | Updated: 23:58 GMT, 8 October 2015

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As Jurgen Klopp put pen to paper on his bumper three-year contract at Liverpool on Thursday night, he will quickly have turned his attention to what needs to be done to turn the Anfield club's fortunes around.

The former Borussia Dortmund manager replaces Brendan Rodgers who was sacked after three years on Merseyside.

Sportsmail look at five pressing issues for the German.

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers issues touchline instructions to Brazil international Philippe Coutinho

Former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers issues touchline instructions to Brazil international Philippe Coutinho

Jurgen Klopp must keep Coutinho away from Spanish clubs if Liverpool are to reclaim their former glory

Jurgen Klopp must keep Coutinho away from Spanish clubs if Liverpool are to reclaim their former glory

KEEP COUTINHO 

A trend has developed over the last few years of Liverpool losing their finest talent. Since 2009 Xabi Alonso, Javier Mascherano, Fernando Torres, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling have all been cherry-picked by the Champions League elite. 

The next one out the door, if the mounting speculation in Spain is any guidance, will be Philippe Coutinho, and Barcelona and Real Madrid will be watching.

Coutinho has not been producing his best form in recent weeks but Klopp would be wise to make him central to his revival.

Klopp must improve a leaky defence which has unconvinced with players like Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel

Klopp must improve a leaky defence which has unconvinced with players like Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel

Klopp may want to find an upgrade on Simon Mignolet, who cost £10million from Sunderland in June 2013

Klopp may want to find an upgrade on Simon Mignolet, who cost £10million from Sunderland in June 2013

BOLSTER THE DEFENCE

Whether Liverpool played two or three central defenders under Rodgers in the last two seasons, they have never threatened to set any records for clean sheets. 

They are brittle, naïve at a regular rate and miss someone to organise them. The next two windows must see this properly addressed.

He must also find a new goalkeeper.

Klopp's arrival is expected to ignite the Anfield crowd, who have grown impatient in recent weeks

Klopp's arrival is expected to ignite the Anfield crowd, who have grown impatient in recent weeks

There were empty seats for Brendan Rodgers' final home game against FC Sion in the Europa League

There were empty seats for Brendan Rodgers' final home game against FC Sion in the Europa League

RESTORE THE FAITH

Apathy is probably the best way to describe the atmosphere around Anfield for the past year. The buzz went after the play became predictable.

If Klopp gets the team playing with verve and style, he will ensure the crowd turns up the noise.

Klopp's aura will help Liverpool attract players it has struggled to recruit in the past, like Alexis Sanchez

Klopp's aura will help Liverpool attract players it has struggled to recruit in the past, like Alexis Sanchez

MAKE THEM ATTRACTIVE

Diego Costa, Henrikh Myhkitaran, Willian, Alexis Sanchez and Toni Kroos all spurned the chance to join in recent seasons. 

But how much of that came down to a lack of silverware on Brendan Rodgers’ CV? Klopp has two Bundesliga titles and has been to major finals in recent years. His arrival will prick the interest of the better players.

Klopp will be expected to ignite Roberto Firmino, who's made a slow start since a £29m move from Hoffenheim

Klopp will be expected to ignite Roberto Firmino, who's made a slow start since a £29m move from Hoffenheim

Emre Can should benefit from  influence of his countryman, while Christian Benteke was a Klopp target in 2013

Emre Can should benefit from influence of his countryman, while Christian Benteke was a Klopp target in 2013

DEVELOP PLAYERS HE INHERITS

What will make intriguing viewing is what he has in store for Emre Can and Roberto Firmino – players whom he knows from the Bundesliga – and how he will accommodate Christian Benteke, a striker he looked to sign in 2013.

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