The one player everyone is tipping to make an impact under the new manager is Firmino, and for good reason.
The Brazilian attacker was reportedly targeted by the transfer committee and given to Jurgen Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers to form part of an attacking force with fellow Brazilian Philipe Coutinho.
Rodgers however didn’t really know what to do with the former Hoffenheim player and he was thrown out wide whenever he played. Klopp will surely see Firmino as a central threat and start extracting some of the quality the club played £30million for.
Additionally, the language barrier is brought down considering Firmino spent four years in Germany with Hoffenheim, so Klopp will have no problems getting his instruction across to the 24-year-old.
2. Mamadou Sakho
The Frenchman was wildly out of favour under Brendan Rodgers, despite fans protestations after each passing Dejan Lovren error. But now the former PSG defender has a clean slate to impress his new boss and it’d be very surprising not to see the 25-year-old step into the frame alongside Martin Skrtel at the back.
Sakho is an underrated ball player, a solid defender and Klopp should enjoy his passion and fieriness and hope to filter that into solid defensive performances rather than yellow cards and silly fouls.
3. Alberto Moreno
The former Sevilla full back was beginning to make his way back into Rodgers’ plans after sitting out the beginning of the season in place of youngster Joe Gomez. Moreno has arguably been Liverpool’s best player in that period, and should continue to excel under Klopp’s leadership.
Moreno is capable of forming a formidable full back pairing with Nathaniel Clyne, and if Liverpool are setup anything like Klopp’s successful Dortmund side then expect Moreno to be involved a lot on the left hand side of the field, charging forward when required.
4. Lazar Markovic
There was a lot of head scratching when the young Serbian was sent out on loan for the season to Turkish side Fenerbache. He left the club with only one true out-and-out winger – Jordan Ibe – who at the time was underperforming.
Markovic was costly at £20million but has shown glimpses of a fine player, having been regarded as one of Europe’s top young players and as a serious coup for Liverpool when he joined last summer. Rodgers couldn’t get the best out of him, but Klopp will certainly fancy his chances in bringing Markovic to the top level.
5. Joe Allen
He may have been Rodgers’ golden boy at Swansea and one of his first signings for Liverpool, but the Welshman ultimately has failed to impress in a red shirt. It’d be easy to write him off under Klopp, too, for Allen offers little in the way of creativity or goalscoring prowess from midfield – but he may have a future at the club.
Allen is an excellent presser of the ball, something Klopp demands from his sides, and can read the game well. Klopp could see him as the perfect foil to the move the ball forward alongside a workhorse like Emre Can or Jordan Henderson.