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Jürgen Klopp: The Premier League's newest star

Having honed his craft in the Bundesliga, improving two different clubs in many respects, Jürgen Klopp is now embarking on a new adventure in the Premier League. The German has every ingredient for success.

“You cannot win without tactical innovations, but the emotion makes the difference,” said Jürgen Klopp when asked back in 2013 about his football philosophy.

This emotion, in inspiring, motivating and leading a team from the sidelines, is something few of the world's top coaches are able to deliver for a club like Jürgen Klopp. The German coach is widely seen as one of the world's best in this regard.

The Premier League has had many plot twists, characters and storylines in its two-decade-old history. Coaches such as Sir Alex Ferguson, Arsene Wenger and Jose Mourinho have earned cult status among the fans of England's top division.

And Klopp could be the next coach to achieve such status, as he embodies something that the Premier League has yet to see and the Bundesliga wishes it still had. Emotion and the ability to harness and openly display it - the very quality he mentioned as a difference-maker - is something he brings in abundance.

It is fair to say that the first eight games of the Bundesliga seaons have been more exciting than most, for Borussia Dortmund - even without their former coach on the sidelines.

However, his presence has been missed, not only by Dortmund, but by the entire league. It is the kind of presence that the Premier League also lost when Manchester United legend Sir Alex retired. A noise, an enigma, simply a presence that eminates from a certain individual - the kind that Liverpool hasn't seen for many years.

Why should Liverpool fans and the Premier League be excited?

For fans of one of English football's most successful clubs, times have been tough for well over two decades now. Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday, brought the Merseyside club as close as it has been in that time to a league title, but ultimately fell short, and kept falling.

Like Borussia Dortmund in 2008, it looks like Liverpool was in the market form somebody who could bring about a change in tone - to bring back the force of 'The Kop.'

On Thursday, the Merseysiders may well have found the right fit.

For the 48-year-old Klopp football is a form of entertainment. He has described the style of football that he wants his teams to play as something akin to "heavy metal music." It's loud, in your face and won't go away until it takes what it wants. Playing quietly is not an option, as we saw during Klopp's time in Dortmund. For him, being noticed, especially in one's own way, is vital.

Abschied Jürgen Klopp

He will be remebered as a great in Germany; can he do the same in England?

Klopp knows how to build

In both of the managerial jobs he has held to date, Klopp has created something out of very little in terms of finances and the level of talent in the squads he inheirited. with. The German coach removed veterans as well as the "dead-wood" players from his teams and invited young, upcoming talents wanting to prove themselves, to do just that.

With Dortmund the likes of Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa, Robert Lewandowski and Ilkay Gündogan arrived for minimal fees, largely unknown to the world of football at the time. Now look at them - full international stars, complete with the medals to prove their achievements.

Having lost Luis Suarez, Raheem Sterling and Stevan Gerrard over the last two years it appears to be the perfect time for Liverpool to invite Klopp to embark on building a new legacy. And if past statements are anything to go by, supporters can expect bold changes at Anfield.

“If you don't have money and, despite everything, you want quality, you have to be brave. We have grown together,” Klopp told Spanish newspaper "El Pais" in a 2013 interview.

With Liverpool and the Premier League, however, spending should not be as much as a problem as it was with Mainz and in Klopp's early days at Dortmund. Klopp had limited control over transfers, as is the case with most head coaches in Germany and the continent, but he has proven that he knows how to develop and nurture young talent.

It's not just that Klopp plays the kids; too, he wins with them - refuting former BBC pundit Alan Hansen's assertion that "you can't win anything with kids." Hansen was subsequently proved wrong by a young Manchester United squad, which went onto win the Premier League. With two Bundesliga titles, two German Cups, and a Champions League final appearance, Klopp too has proved the the former Liverpool defender wrong.

Fußball Bundesliga Borussia Dortmund vs. 1. FSV Mainz 05

For Klopp, the game is all about passion

The stage is set

The Premier League has the money, the players, the stadiums and more, yet the stage is be set for what could be its biggest asset of all. He might not know it, but Jürgen Klopp is adored the world over as the man who brought Borussia Dortmund out of the dark and into a global light that will not diminish for years to come.

Liverpool, and the Premier League, already has that light firmly on it. Klopp could thrive under the spotlight and turn the struggling steam-engine in Merseyside into a high-speed train.

"When you sit in this stadium with your eyes closed, you should sense there is a passionate team on the field below," Klopp once stated during his time with BVB. The last thing that Liverpool and Premier League fans will want to do, though, is shut their eyes once the bearded coach takes charge at Anfield, because they won't want to miss a second.