It has been seven matches since Jurgen Klopp started his reign at Anfield with a disappointing 0-0 draw with Tottenham, and in just one month there is already enough highs and lows to predict the German manager’s promise of an exciting wild ride will be gifted to the Liverpool fans.
Under Klopp, there have been some selection choices which are quite interesting, Especially the strong squads he chose for both the Europa League encounters. The injury crisis that devastated his predecessor Brendan Rodgers also shows no sign of improvement, as the latest long-term injured player being the in-form French centre-back Mamadou Sakho, who has been sidelined for around two months following a knee injury during the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
With all of this ups and downs at Anfield, it may be too early to give an opinion on which players have showed enough to find themselves in the front and centre of Jurgen Klopp’s revolutionary plans and which ones are in the danger zone. But as the two-week long international break starting, it’s certain that Klopp has already started to take stock of his unpredictable squad and may even be thinking that the players who are sent out on loan this term can give me a much-needed aid next season.
So far, Klopp remains upbeat to some extent, showing a calm aura that perfectly hides any feeling of crisis in Liverpool. But now as his team diversifies far and wide for their international duties or just to the local medical centres for the treatment of their respective injuries, it is really the exact time for the German and his assistants to evaluate till now what he has seen from this Liverpool squad.
As for the goalkeeping position, he was initially quite content. But recently, Simon Mignolet had shown glimpse of his good form, but the weaker portion of his performance again came into light during the loss to Palace. That was quite obvious how Crystal Palace continually went after the Belgian goalkeeper when he had the ball; it’s an old flaw that shows very little sign of improvement in his third term at Anfield.
Klopp may think of coaching his outfield players to help Mignolet a bit more but a large portion of the fans are convinced this weakness will never be fixed. Will his backup Adam Bogdan be any better choice for Klopp? The German manager may go for the ex-Bolton keeper showing more faith on him during the season, but a top class goalkeeper might be high on the shopping list next summer.
Nathanial Clyne In defence, a transfer bargain at £12.5 million, has been performing very well. Dejan Lovren and Martin Skrtel’s form also shows signs of improvement under the new manager.
While the latest injured one, Sakho has been brilliant. Though the France international’s fitness is a worrying sign, and frankly speaking, it’s not the first time he has missed a bunch of matches.
On the other hand, Alberto Moreno is showing his usual mix of naivety and energy which Klopp eventually may turn to the defender’s advantage, but the lack of an alternative left-back should be addressed quickly.
James Milner, in midfield, has really been very disappointing. That’s why Jurgen Klopp has overlooked him repeatedly in the central position, for which Brendan Rodgers signed him, but it’s really a sad thing to see the Englishman cannot bring back his Manchester City form.
Lucas Leiva is in excellent form all the season and on his few starts Joe Allen also has proved enough to be given more match time, as Emre Can is appearing to have become a bit reckless now.
In terms of Forward options, it’s mostly of the attacking midfielder variety like the last season. An attempt was made to correct this by bringing in Christian Benteke and Danny Ings but the decision didn’t work well by continuous injury jinx while new boss Klopp still not able to see Daniel Sturridge in full action and might have already made the conclusion that the England international is not at all reliable for the future.
Jordon Ibe is now improving well and in the making of a fruitful partnership with Clyne in recent matches. Philippe Coutinho also has shown some good performance in recent matches.
Though under Klopp Adam Lallana has looked better but his position still remains in a conundrum. Roberto Firmino, despite his mostly risible shooting, has displayed few nice touches. But the Brazilian wasn’t able to fully satisfy his manager.
Jurgen Klopp might be thinking, he has what he needs in his hand to overcome Liverpool’s current traumatic, testing period, but that depends on whether he can avoid any more long-term injuries. Also there is the winter transfer window to temporarily fix the problems if needed.
The main problem Liverpool and Klopp will face is raising funds for next summer if they are planning for a complete overhaul. There is no selling option like Luis Suarez or Raheem Sterling to cash in and also selling the one player who could bring huge money, Coutinho, would definitely complicate the rebuilding process that Klopp is planning.
It wasn’t until Jurgen Klopp’s third full season with Borussia Dortmund that his strategies really started to bring success. His excellent judgement in transfer market helped the German club’s cause and it is this special judgement capability which Liverpool supporters are hoping will bring fortune at Anfield.
But for the time being, everyone must get on with things as a difficult situation might become even worse before it gets better.