Jurgen Klopp’s former players Tim Hoogland and Patrick Owomoyela reveal that the Liverpool players are set for an extremely challenging fitness regime under the German manager
There is a lot of optimism surrounding Liverpool following the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as their new manager and understandably so. Klopp is regarded as one of the finest managers in Europe today and his arrival has brought about an instant feel good factor at Anfield.
That said though, Klopp certainly does not possess a magic wand which will automatically solve all of Liverpool’s problems and there is no getting away from the fact that the 48-year old has a very tough job ahead of him if he is to turn the Reds’ fortunes around.
Klopp is expected to make a stark difference in the playing style at Liverpool compared to the drab approach used by former manager Brendan Rodgers and if not the result, many believe that the Reds will be a more exciting team to watch under the German manager.
In order to implement Klopp’s style, the players will have to be very fit and now the Liverpool’s manager’s former players, Tim Hoogland and Patrick Owomoyela, have warned the current crop of Reds’ stars that they should expect to run a lot now that the 48-year old has arrived.
Hoogland, who worked under Klopp at Mainz, revealed that the Liverpool boss demands his entire team to run a combined of 120km every game.
The former defender said, “You have to run. That’s it. I think this is one of the important things you have to know about him. The whole team has to run 120 km (74.5 miles) collectively every game. 120km minimum.”
Patrick Owomoyela, who worked with Klopp at Borussia Dortmund, explained that the 48-year old’s theory behind running at least 120km was that he felt his side would win more than they lose if they cover the distance on the pitch.
“In his first year he said he wouldn’t guarantee anything apart from that when we reached 120km per game then it would be much harder for us to lose,” recalls Owomoyela.
“He actually offered us a day off when we reached that target. He thought that if we reached that then we would win the game. And from then on it became easy because we understood that his plan would work.