We’ve all been building up the work that Jürgen Klopp’s been doing at Anfield and the tantalising promise of the glories we know he can deliver. Gary McAllister, member of the 2001 Liverpool side that won the treble and more recently of Brendan Rodgers’ coaching staff, has added his vote of confidence.
“I've watched Jurgen in training and the way he pushes players,” McAllister said following the Liverpool Legends game this weekend. “That old school hard graft still works. He's very modern in his thinking but there's still an old school side to it.”
McAllister left his position as first team coach after Rodgers was sacked, but returned to Liverpool in an ambassadorial position. He’s had a while to watch Klopp at work as a result.
“I get the feeling that something big is building. The bigger the game this season, the better Liverpool have played.
“Yeah, there's been a problem with teams who sit behind the ball and make life difficult, but that's a better problem that not being able to beat your biggest rivals. It's something that I think they will overcome.”
McAllister is also 100% with everyone else on how badly Liverpool needs to be back in Europe again.
“Getting Champions League football back at Anfield is so important,” he said. “My best nights here were the European nights. I was at Anfield as a fan for those big semi-finals against Chelsea.”
There are days we all have our doubts about Klopp’s grand vision and whether or not they’ll come to pass. Top four has been the goal for the season and top four is still looking to be a tough race. McAllister is feeling pretty good about it, though, and on some days, that vote of confidence is enough.
“It's a good race for the top four. I'm probably biased but I believe we'll get there. There is a momentum gathering and when that happens at this club it can be difficult to stop. It's about hard work, staying humble. That's the way it was when I came to play here and that's not changed.”