Jurgen Klopp believes he is the "perfect solution" for Liverpool to return to their elite status and is excited by his future at the club.
According to David Maddock of the Mirror, the German is well aware of the enormity of the task he faces but is nevertheless relishing the challenge. He said:
I am 100 per cent excited about the challenge. It gets better and better, the more I see. Why? Because I know more. You can watch my story.
I don’t know what other names [Liverpool owners] Fenway Sports Group would have taken, but I think I am a really perfect solution. I like this.
We can’t be successful just because of the history of the club or the name of the manager or the names of the players.
There are problems but we are in a good place to solve them. How long do we need for this? Time is very important.
But nobody in England can win the league five or six years in a row, because the financial potential of all the teams is too big.
To be a challenger is possible, though, you can be a part of it. That’s what we have to be in the future. And to do that we have to make decisions.
Is Klopp the right man to turn things around at Anfield?
Indeed, the unprecedented revenue flooding the Premier League in recent years has somewhat levelled the playing field with any team capable of beating another on any given day.
The likes of Liverpool and Manchester United are still atop the financial food chain in England and boast greater pulling power than their less illustrious rivals.
However, the improvement in both scouting and resources throughout the league has allowed the likes of Everton to sign Romelu Lukaku, West Ham United to snap up Dimitri Payet and Leicester City to unearth gems such as Riyad Mahrez and N'Golo Kante—all of whom could be playing for a traditionally elite club.
For a club like Liverpool that is in transition, particularly since the sale of Luis Suarez to Barcelona, their task is even harder.
Nevertheless, Klopp has no regrets over joining the Reds at such a difficult time. Per Maddock, he said:
I feel absolutely perfect here. I know everyone here is working so hard. They just need a bit of help, and they need a hand to handle the pressure from the outside... but I can handle that.
If I had gone to another club, would it have been easier? They would have had other problems. Next season, Pep Guardiola will find that it’s more rainy in Manchester than it is here or in Munich.
Every day, it isn’t easy. And you are big favourites - so that’s another problem.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss also faces a personal challenge as he seeks to turn around his poor record in recent cup finals, per Squawka Football:
Jürgen Klopp has lost 4 consecutive cup finals:— Squawka Football (@Squawka) February 28, 2016
Dortmund 1-2 Bayern
Dortmund 0-2 Bayern
Dortmund 1-3 Wolfsburg
Liverpool 1-1 (1-3) Man City
Indeed, Sunday's penalty defeat to Manchester City in the Capital One Cup final was the first time the Reds have lost a final in a shootout and just the fourth time the club has lost a shootout in their history, per Bleacher Report UK:
Liverpool quickly gained a measure of revenge on City, picking up a 3-0 win at home Wednesday. Adam Lallana, James Milner and Roberto Firmino were the goalscorers as the Reds didn't suffer any hangover whatsoever from their tough defeat.
"This was about the mental thing, we had to show a reaction," said Klopp of the result, per Maddock. "The boys did brilliant, they were very angry in a positive way. If you score goals it makes life easier and we did that. I am too old to think from now on we will play like this all the time but it was a really important sign for us and they saw what is possible."
Football writer Rafael Hernandez believes there is plenty of room for optimism at Anfield and Klopp should be given the chance to put his own stamp on the squad this summer before his short reign can be judged:
I feel bad for Klopp, but this isn’t his team yet. Rebuilding the squad at Liverpool starts between the posts.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) February 28, 2016
Liverpool showed positives, this is only the beginning of Klopp’s work. There’s reason to be optimistic and look forward to what’s next.— Rafael Hernández (@RafaelH117) February 28, 2016
One area he might seek reinforcements is up front, as Christian Benteke has failed to inspire at Liverpool after joining in a big-money move last year. The Belgian has not featured at all in any of the Reds' last three outings. Klopp said:
For players, it’s not always the sunny side of life. Timing is everything, and Christian was not in the best moment of his Liverpool career. It was obvious.
This is not a pre-season to give players time - it is a tournament and you have to win all the time.
The only thing a player can do in a situation like this, not just Christian, is first of all accept it - accept it in a positive way and not think, ‘I am on the bench. I don’t have pressure. Thank God!’
The striker has scored just seven goals in 31 appearances for Liverpool and has not found the net for them since December 30. Benteke not only appears to be enduring a serious crisis of confidence, he also does not fit in with the energetic pressing Klopp encourages.
According to Klopp, all the 25-year-old can do is work hard on the training ground. He said: "Then there is only one answer—train as good as you can and then you can be in a perfect moment. It is not about the future, it is about now. It is not too funny for him, but the only thing he can do is work."
Benteke may get an opportunity when the Reds face Manchester City on Wednesday, as a number of players could easily be rested after playing 120 gruelling minutes on Sunday.
If he wants to have a future at the club under Klopp, he needs to grab any opportunities with both hands or he could well find himself shuffled out the door this summer when the manager reshapes the squad to his liking.