Dortmund was different: Klopp

LONDON • Juergen Klopp has dismissed comparisons between his impact at Liverpool and the overhaul of Borussia Dortmund but described the enjoyment he took from the League Cup destruction of Southampton as a sign of progress.

Liverpool head to Newcastle United today seeking an eighth win in nine matches under Klopp, who has lost just once since replacing Brendan Rodgers.

The team's transformation under the German coach has provoked memories of his time in charge at Dortmund, whom he guided from 13th to champions in three seasons.

Klopp said: "I don't think it is right to compare. We worked in completely different circumstances and with different individuals in Dortmund.

"We didn't have a Dortmund plan and say: OK, give us three years and we'll win the German title.

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"We don't have that plan here either.

"It is not our job to find a new way to play football. For this, you need a genius and we are not.

"We try to make the best with the players we have and at this moment we don't know what is best.

"We only know about the way to go."

The Liverpool manager lamented his players' lack of confidence early in his reign but believes the 6-1 win at St Mary's showed that the belief is returning.

"There are another 30, 35 games to go this season depending on the Cups and I don't know how long it will take and I don't think about that," said Klopp, with his side also through to the Europa League round of 32.

"I only think about the next game and how all of us can enjoy our next game.

"We could enjoy the second half of the Southampton game on the bench, not because the game was finished but because the players never lost concentration and did what they had to do until the end.

"You could see the body language of the Southampton players change, not my side. That is a good sign."

Striker Daniel Sturridge marked his first start under Klopp with a smoothly taken brace at Southampton.

He is in contention to start again at St James' Park, along with captain Jordan Henderson, who has recovered from a broken foot.

Henderson's return to fitness is timely, with Emre Can suspended after picking up five bookings.

Klopp is likely to be without Philippe Coutinho, who is still recovering from a hamstring problem, but Roberto Firmino and Christian Benteke could return after being rested against Southampton.

Newcastle manager Steve McClaren has major injury problems, with no fewer than nine senior squad members currently sidelined.

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The Klopp effect

Under former Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers, the Reds won just 27 per cent of their matches this season. Juergen Klopp has brought their win rate up to 64 per cent.

Here is a look at how the German's win rate after 11 games compares to other notable Liverpool managers.

•Bob Paisley 81%

•Klopp 64%

•Roy Hodgson 55%

•Kenny Dalglish (1st stint) 54%

•Bill Shankly 54%

•Joe Fagan 54%

•Rafael Benitez 45%

•Dalglish (2nd stint) 45%

•Rodgers 45%

•Roy Evans 27%

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Sunday Times on December 06, 2015, with the headline 'Dortmund was different: Klopp'. Print Edition | Subscribe