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Top talent will want to join Klopp's 'fantasy football' at Liverpool, says Lawrenson

8:28 pm AEST 9/5/19
Jurgen Klopp Liverpool 2018-19
The former Reds defender believes the success enjoyed by a German coach at home and abroad will prove beneficial in upcoming transfer windows

Jurgen Klopp’s “fantasy football” at Liverpool will help to bring more top talent to Anfield in upcoming transfer windows, says Mark Lawrenson.

The Reds have always been an attractive proposition to leading players around the world.

They have, however, taken their game to new heights under their current boss, with Premier League and Champions League challenges pieced together.

A stunning fightback in their most recent European outing against Barcelona, which saw them run out 4-0 winners at Anfield to overturn a three-goal deficit, is considered to be further evidence of the progress being made on Merseyside.

Lawrenson believes “any player” would now love to play for Klopp, with the former Reds defender telling the Irish Times of a German tactician: “He’s a perfect fit for the club. And I think players around the world are looking at Liverpool now and thinking ‘wow, I’d love to play for Klopp’.

“He is a massive sell for the club. He alone attracts players. Any player would love to play for him. I’m 61 and I’d love to play for him.

“He is creating something very special at Liverpool, and on Tuesday night he and his players created a night like no other.

“Fantasy football on a fantasy night.”

Klopp is considered to have played a leading role for Liverpool in their remarkable toppling of Barcelona, despite being restricted to the sidelines.

Few gave the Reds much a chance heading into a meeting with the Liga champions, but the man at the helm had been eager to point out that nothing is impossible.

“Maybe Klopp sowed the seed when he told his players ‘it might just be possible’,” added Lawrenson.

“And that’s the thing with Jurgen Klopp, he gets everything out his players, literally everything, and he makes every one of them better.

“Sometimes the most important people at a club are the players who don’t play regularly, because they’re the ones who can cause you problems. But Klopp does not allow that to happen.

“He takes no sh*t. He’s all the players’ friend, but he’s not their best friend. That’s the difference. He loses it on occasion too, and that keeps them on their toes.

“You cannot have performances like Tuesday night’s without all the players being in it together.

“You can see the camaraderie, and while those who aren’t playing might be miffed, you can see how pleased they are for the ones who do.

“That’s why that sense of team is so massive in the club. And that’s what Klopp has helped create.”

Liverpool, who will enter the last round of fixtures in the Premier League with the title still up for grabs, are set to face Tottenham in the Champions League final on June 1 after see domestic rivals stage a stirring comeback of their own away at Ajax.