Borussia Dortmund’s CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke has reportedly told the German media that Klopp has got up to speed with Liverpool faster than he expected.
The Echo quote him as saying he thought it would take longer due to the German’s unique tactics.
“I am very happy for Jurgen that things are running that well after such a short space of time”, Watzke said. “I did not expect that. I thought he’d need more time with the team given the style of his football”.
The 48-year-old celebrated his tenth game in charge during our weekend win over Swansea. So far his record is more than impressive, losing just once and winning six of the last seven. By way of comparison, won just three of Rodgers’ final ten games in charge.
What else can we expect from Klopp this season? A place in the last 32 of the Europa League is already assured, and a win against Southampton in the League Cup quarter-final this evening would set up a two-legged semi-final against either Man City, Everton, or Stoke.
Most importantly, we are now just four points behind Arsenal in the race for the Champions League berths, and only six behind leaders City.
Klopp scoffed at potential title-talk a few weeks ago, but there is a growing sense around the club that it might be possible to challenge, especially given the shaky form of the sides above us. As most readers will know, we’ve already played United, City, Chelsea, Arsenal, Spurs, and Everton away from home, and out next run of fixtures looks highly encouraging.
Between now and the back-to-back home games against Arsenal and United in mid-January, we face Newcastle, West Brom, Watford, Leicester, Sunderland, and West Ham. 15 points from those fixtures is not unrealistic, and would put us in a tremendous position going into the second half of the campaign.
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