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Liverpool boss Klopp: What needed to change upon arrival

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says bringing through a winning belief was key to rebuilding the club when he first arrived.

Klopp now leads the European champions this season, but admits he originally inherited a squad short of confidence and belief.

"I didn't look at it as having to change a lot," he told the Liverpool Echo. "OK, it was clear that something is not going exactly how the the people want it to go. I said it before and it is pretty much a famous phrase, nobody likes this team, not even the team likes the team, so that was something we had to change first and foremost.

"We have to feel the value they have, that they are in the right place and the right club and the history of the club doesn't feel too much on their shoulders and all these things, so, those were the things we had to change immediately.

"We tried to implement a mood inside Melwood and the dressing room that we can really go for something. Because I really feel in the moment when I came here it was like 'oh now we have a high-class manager, but that's the team'. It not is like somebody said 'sorry for the team we gave you', It was not one second that I felt like this, so we just started working and we didn't have to change things in a replacement way [with transfers]. Get him out, bring him in, I am not like this, so my target was to improve the players.

"To do that, they had to get some confidence back and we did that with some results, not immediately, but we played in two finals and it was good. We had a couple of really interesting and positive games like the Man City away game was really impressive and I think we won at Chelsea as well if I am right. There were a couple of really good results, so I was fine, but it was clear that was only the first step."

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