By Dominic Toner
Robbie Fowler believes that Jurgen Klopp was the key figure in Liverpool’s success over Chelsea.
The Reds secured a notable 2-1 win at Stamford Bridge on Friday night and were at the top of their game for the first-half.
Dean Lovren’s volley and a long-range Jordan Henderson effort put the visitors ahead and meant Diego Costa’s fifth strike of the season was just a consolation.
The high energy and pressing of the Liverpool team particularly caught the eye in the opening 45 minutes as they showed all the characteristics of a typical Klopp side.
Liverpool great Fowler believes that the role of Klopp and modern day managers should not be underestimated.
“What we saw was a snapshot of everything that is good about Jurgen Klopp – the essence of his philosophy,” he wrote in the Mirror. “For me it was about the managers. Now, the guys at the top, you hang on to their every word, because they have fresh ideas, brave ideas, and a modern approach that is cutting edge.
“Klopp didn’t play at the highest level, but he has a wonderful, exciting, exhilarating approach to the game, and no matter whether Liverpool win anything or not this season, is going to be a helluva ride.”
German manager Klopp joined Anfield last October, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers, and endured a mixed first season in charge.
Liverpool finished eighth in the Premier League and lost in both the Europa League and Capital One Cup final.
Klopp has now had a full pre-season under his belt and his team have started the new campaign in impressive form.
Liverpool have now scored 16 goals in their opening six fixtures, including the 5-0 demolition of Burton in the EFL Cup, which has demonstrated their dominance as well as clinical touch in front of goal.
Attacking trio Roberto Firmino, Philippe Coutinho and Adam Lallana have been a major part of the early success, scoring seven goals between them this season.