By Emma Sanders
It’s almost 12 months since Liverpool announced the appointment of Jurgen Klopp as their new manager and the popular German has since warmed the hearts of everyone in Merseyside.
The charismatic manager took over from Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and has overseen a number of changes on and off the field at Liverpool.
Klopp’s been ruthless at times in his handling of the side and he’s already made some big decisions when it comes to choosing his starting XI. Most recently, Klopp chose to drop long-standing goal-keeper, Simon Mignolet also has out-casted Mamadou Sakho after a summer of turmoil for the French defender.
The Reds’ boss has had some good footballers at his expense but which 11 players would make his best team during his year at the helm?
Klopp’s decision to drop Mignolet was a good one. The Belgian international made a number of high profile mistakes which ultimately proved costly for Liverpool throughout the 2015-16 season. Karius is still only 23 years old and has demonstrated huge potential in the Bundesliga.
He had a shaky performance against Swansea City but he’ll only grow in confidence and is the best keeper Klopp has managed at Liverpool so far.
Joel Matip has been the outstanding defender for sure. Dejan Lovren is also performing reasonably well.
However, Sakho was one of the Reds’ best players last season and he’d warrant a position at centre-back alongside Matip in Klopp’s best XI.
Nathaniel Clyne has been solid at right-back and he’s had little competition so he obviously keeps his place but Alberto Moreno doesn’t make it on the opposite flank.
James Milner has taken to the left-back role well and given Moreno’s defensive incapabilities, the vice-captain is a safer bet.
There’s been plenty of stick for captain, Jordan Henderson but he’s proving this season why he’s an important part in Klopp’s team. He’s joined by Adam Lallana in midfield.
The England international has been outstanding this season and he’s showing why he’s warranted the reported £25 million transfer fee Liverpool paid back in the summer of 2014.
Joe Allen came on as a substitute on a number of occasions and produced some great performances for Klopp.
However, after letting him go this summer and bringing in Georginio Wijnaldum, Klopp seems to have upgraded and the former Newcastle United star would make the team.
The attacking trio picks themselves. Sadio Mane has been one of the Premier League’s most impressive signings and undoubtedly Klopp’s best.
Philippe Coutinho has been the Reds’ best player since Luis Suarez left in 2014 and his Brazilian team-mate Roberto Firmino has been one of this season’s most impressive stars.
Daniel Sturridge misses out and although he’s one of the club’s most talented players, Klopp’s often chosen to use Firmino ahead of the striker in the central role.
Divock Origi has been improving every week under Klopp and has an important part in the squad but he also misses out.
In other Liverpool news, Harry Redknapp has given his verdict on the team’s title chances.