Jurgen Klopp’s Anfield revolution is going to take some time, but Liverpool’s players are eager to fast-forward the process.
What will help even more is that the Reds are getting healthy.
Which brings us to Lucas Leiva. The midfielder addressed the media ahead of the Reds’ Europa League tie against Rubin Kazan on Thursday. Granted his manager was sitting next to him, but Leiva sounded a call for progress.
“We have a very honest group and want to improve,” Leiva said, as reported by the BBC. “We are trying to take on [Jurgen’s] ideas as soon as possible.”
Leiva’s “honest” comments hints at a defense of the players under Brendan Rodgers, that they were giving their all despite a disappointing situation at Anfield.
But what Klopp said regarding his intended pace of play shows again that he’s veritable quote machine, and why the right turn of phrase can make all the sense in the world:
“The biggest misunderstanding in my life is people asking me if it’s possible to play like this.
“But this is just the start. You don’t have to run 150km, you just have to be prepared to.”
Given the talent at Liverpool, though, how long should signs of evolution take to appear? When is reasonable?