Where Are They Now? Klopp’s 1st Team to Play Spurs

Stephen Killen
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As Liverpool travel to North London to play Tottenham Hotspur, it marks the team that kicked off Klopp’s tenure.

The year is 2015, the German is still finding his feet in a new environment and already preparing for his first match, just two days into the job.

With just 11 points from nine games and two out of a possible six in the Europa League, a bore 0-0 draw at Goodison Park was the final straw for Brendan Rodgers.

The writing was almost on the wall for the Northern Irish tactician as Liverpool settled for a sixth-place Premier League finish and the final act of the previous season was an embarrassing 6-1 defeat at Stoke City.

Morale is low but the two-time Bundesliga winner brought a sense of reinvigoration to Anfield with his charming personality and reference to being the ‘Normal One’.

Hope is starting to emerge and grow through the stagnant weeds of years of disappointment gone by.

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In search of anything but a defeat, the Reds made the trip to White Hart Lane on October 17, 2015, to play a dull goalless draw.

13 players featured in Jurgen Klopp’s first outing, since then 77 have paraded the Liverbird on their chest under the stewardship of the German.

Who was on the team sheet against Thursday’s opponents?

GK: Simon Mignolet

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Simon Mignolet spent five seasons playing for the former-Borussia Dortmund manager.

He made 100 appearances under the 53-year-old.

He eventually made the switch to his native Belgium for £6million, after becoming the third choice.

Where is he now? Club Brugge.
When did he depart? 2019.
Fee: £6million

RB: Nathanial Clyne

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In four seasons under Klopp, full-back Nathanial Clyne made 93 appearances.

Only Emre Can, Simon Mignolet and Adam Lallana are the ex-Liverpool players to play more than the Englishman besides the current squad.

He fell out of favour in the end allowing for Trent Alexander-Arnold to establish himself his first choice full-back.

Where is he now? Crystal Palace.
When did he depart? 2020.
Fee: Free Transfer.

CB: Martin Skrtel

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The Slovakian enjoyed eight years at the club before departing for Turkey.

He only managed one season as Jurgen Klopp’s centre back, in that he made just 18 appearances.

He suffered a muscle injury a few months into Klopp’s tenure which seen him sidelined for two months. Although, he managed to return for the final months of the season.

Where is he now? Free Agent (Previously Istanbul Basaksehir).
When did he depart? 2016.
Where has he been? Fenerbache (£5.4m) > Atalanta > Istanbul Basaksehir.

CB: Mamadou Sakho

Sakho and Klopp’s relationship was colourful, to say the least.

Multiple injuries and a doping ban saw the Frenchman miss a number of matches for the Reds.

He was famously sent home from a pre-season tour of America, which seemed to spell the end of his career in a red shirt.

The 30-year-old scored two goals in 28 appearances, one of those goals came in their famous win over Borussia Dortmund at Anfield.

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Where is he now? Crystal Palace.
When did he depart? 2017.
Fee: £25.3m.

LB: Alberto Moreno

The Spaniard enjoyed a rollercoaster five years on Merseyside, including 90 appearances under Liverpool’s current boss.

He never quite recovered from the horror show that was the performance against his former club Sevilla in the Europa League final.

Although, he managed to top his career at Anfield off with a Champions League winners medal.

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Where is he now? Villarreal.
When did he depart? 2019.
Fee: Free transfer.

CM: James Milner (C)

It speaks volumes that he was named captain on that day in 2015 and to this day he still Mr.Reliable for Liverpool.

Also, it is no surprise that Milner has the second highest of appearances under Jurgen Klopp, only Roberto Firmino has more.

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Having been there from day one with the German, it was probably even sweeter to go on the incredible journey that Liverpool has since been on.

Where is he now? Still at the club.

CM: Lucas Leiva

The Brazilian departed Anfield in 2017 after becoming an adopted scouser himself.

He filtered in at centre-back when needed and Jurgen even handed Lucas the captaincy on no more than nine occasions.

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In two season’s, he amassed 65 appearances for the Reds and just a single goal in Liverpool’s FA Cup win over Plymouth Argyle.

On the day of Klopp’s first match, he got his customary yellow, one of the 65 he received in 346 appearances.

Where is he now? Lazio.
When did he depart? 2017
Fee: £5m

CM: Emre Can

The marauding German became one of the key figures down the years for the Reds.

He spent three seasons with his fellow countryman before representatives of Can and the club failed to agree an extension which as a result meant he left on a free transfer.

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Where is he now? Borussia Dortmund
When did he depart? 2018
Fee: Free Transfer.
Where has been? Juventus > Borussia Dortmund on loan before signing for £22million.

AM: Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho has to be one of the standouts from this list.

For no other reason than his future at the Reds which saw him become a key player and the catalyst in the big games.

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His departure was a rather acrimonious one from Anfield and you can see which of the two parties have benefitted more since.

However, you can fault the magicians commitment. He scored 39 goals, some of them wonder-goals, in 85 appearances before he left for the Camp Nou.

He was replaced by Jordon Ibe in October 2015 after an ineffective 87 minutes.

Where is he now? Barcelona
When did he depart? 2018.
Fee: £130million
Where has be been? Barcelona > Bayern Munich on loan > Returned to Barcelona from loan.

AM: Adam Lallana

Another player who Klopp took an immediate liking to and became an influential part of the dressing room was Adam Lallana.

In 2015, he started his first of 130 appearances for the Reds under the head coach.

During his time at Anfield a promising career was hampered by injury after his switch from the South-Coast.

He did however enjoy success at Liverpool winning the Champions League and the Premier League in his final season.

His equaliser against Manchester United preserved an unbeaten Premier League run, one which spanned till February 2020.

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Where is he now? Brighton & Hove Albion.
When did he depart? 2020.
Fee: Free Transfer

ST: Divock Origi

Although ineffective on the day leading the line, the Belgian would come to be the saviour for the Reds in their semi-final against Barcelona before adding the icing on the cake in the 2019 Champions League final against Tottenham.

Despite mostly being a bit-part player under Jurgen Klopp, the 25-year-old is just two games shy of 150 appearances for the German.

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Where is he now? Still at the club

Sub 1: Joe Allen

Welshman Joe Allen replaced Adam Lallana in 2015, he spent just one season under Klopp.

He made 33 appearances and was on the scoresheet twice.

Where is he now? Stoke City.
When did he depart? 2016.
Fee: £13.95million

Sub 2: Jordon Ibe

The promising youngster was once a regular fixture in the two-time FIFA Best Coach winners matchday.

He entered the fray at White Hart Lane in the dying minutes of normal time as Klopp hoped to capitalise on the hosts tired legs but failed to make an impact.

Recently, Ibe has come forward to talk about his battle with depression, we all wish him a speedy recovery and hope to see him shine on a football pitch soon.

Where is he now? Derby County
When did he depart? 2016
Fee: £16.2million
Where has he been? Bournemouth > Derby County.

Unused Subs:

*Journey since Klopp’s arrival.

Adam Bodgan

Currently playing for: Ferencváros (Hungarian League holders)
Journey: Liverpool > Wigan (on loan) > (Released) > Hibernian > Ferencváros

Kolo Toure

Currently at: Leicester City Coaching Staff
Journey: Liverpool > Celtic (free) > Retired > Celtic coaching staff > Leicester coaching staff

Connor Randall

Currently at: Ross County
Journey: Liverpool > Rochdale (on loan) > Released > Arda Kardzhali > Ross County.

Joao Carlos Teixeira

Currently at: Feyenoord (Holland)
Journey: Liverpool > FC Porto (free) > Braga > Vit. Guimarães > Feyenoord.

Jerome Sinclair

Currently at: CSKA Sofia (Bulgaria)
Journey: Liverpool > Watford (free) > Sunderland (loan) > Oxford City (loan), VVV-Venlo (loan) > CSKA Sofia (loan)

Formation 4-3-2-1

Starting XI from Jurgen Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool against Spurs

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Record

Since that October afternoon, the 53-year-old has spent five years at Anfield and is due to spend another three years at the club.

He has took charge of 292 games, in all competitions.
Won: 176
Draw: 65
Lost: 52
Goals for: 635
Goals against: 327

Accolades:

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  • 2018/19 Champions League winners
  • 2019/20 Premier League winners
  • 2019 Club World Cup winners
  • 2019 UEFA Super Cup winners
  • 2x World’s Best Coach
  • 8x Premier League Manager of the Month
  • 2019/20 Manager of the Season

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