Xabi Alonso has been impressed with Jurgen Klopp’s start to life at Liverpool and lauded the former Borussia Dortmund coach for the way he has “embraced the culture” of the city.

Klopp led Liverpool to the Europa League and League Cup finals last season and has made an excellent start to the Premier League campaign with the Reds level on points with leaders Manchester City after nine games.

“It was a big boost for the city and the club to have such a prestigious manager wanting to manage Liverpool,” former Liverpool midfielder Alonso, who won the Champions League in his time at Anfield, told the BBC.

“He has embraced the culture of Liverpool, the tradition but also the hunger to deliver and to do something important.”

“They are so, so enjoyable to watch and they are [involved] in great games. They have beaten Arsenal in London and Chelsea in London as well.”

Liverpool are away to Crystal Palace in Saturday’s evening kick-off looking to extend their unbeaten run in all competitions to 11 games.

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