When Jurgen Klopp came to Anfield, many Liverpool fans didn’t want “him”, they wanted his Dortmund success. In his first two seasons at the Westfalenstadion, Dortmund finished 6th and 5th in the league. Few years later they won the league twice in 2011 and 2012, the DFB Pokal (German cup) in 2014 and played in the Champions League Final against Jupp Heynckes’ Bayern in 2013.
Many Liverpool fans didn’t see that struggle and that progress; they only saw the success. Some things don’t happen overnight and certainly not in one season. That Dortmund team that ripped Real Madrid 4-1 in 2013 took five years to shape up. Klopp is a mastermind in the transfer windows, he bought many players at Dortmund for low prices (Kagawa ‘free’, Piszczek ‘free’, Lewandowski ‘£3.33m’, Hummels ‘£2.94m’, Gundogan ‘£3.85m’, Subotic ‘£3.15’, Reus ‘£11.97m’, Aubameyang ‘£9.1m’ and Mkhitaryan his big-money signing for ‘£19.25m’). He bought most of those when they were either in or barely out of their teens because he’s very good at developing young players.
He’s been doing something very similar with ‘The Reds’ since he came, playing the likes of Trent Alexander-Arnold, Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and Liverpool’s youngest goal-scorer of all time Ben Woodburn. Most of those names are from the Academy. He bought many important players with Liverpool like Joel Matip and Sadio Mané. Everyone noticed how important Mané is when he left Liverpool to participate with Senegal’s national team at the AFCON in Gabon, while he was overwhelmingly underappreciated, earlier. Liverpool’s right wing was less influential without Sadio, and that made Nathaniel Clyne’s job much harder. Add to that, Coutinho’s and Matip’s injuries played a big role in Liverpool’s bad results lately. December and January were very tough for Jurgen Klopp, as Liverpool had to play 15 games between the Premier League, FA cup and the EFL cup.
With some bad results lately, there are talks about replacing many squad players from the Brendan Rodgers era comes the Summer. Many players will be added, too, to fit Klopp’s master plan. The Times journalist Paul Joyce says that players like Christian Pulisic (Dortmund) and Julian Brandt (Bayer Leverkusen) are already lined up to join Liverpool. Liverpool are 4th place in the league table with 46 points, 1 point ahead of Tottenham (2nd) and 10 points behind league leaders Chelsea who are playing against Arsenal this week.
It only needs time, patience, and belief in Klopp’s long-term plan, before we see Liverpool as Premier League Champions. If Klopp is not given the time and support he needs, any change in the coaching staff will hinder any development we have seen with Klopp. He might not win the league this year or the next, and he might not even take Liverpool to the Champions League next year, but he will for sure in the next three years, and no other manager will do better than that with the current team.
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