What can Klopp achieve next season with Liverpool?
Just two years ago at this stage of the Premier League season, Liverpool, under Brendan Rodgers were playing some extra-ordinary football and were in the middle of a title run that did not really turn into a winning campaign come the end of the season.
Two years on, the club is still searching for silverware and is no closer to reaching their goal of Champions League football.
But a lot has changed in that time, Rodgers being sacked to start with. FSG, the owners of the club dumped the mess that was Liverpool on a mesmerizing manager who is just making his name in European football.
48 year old, German national, Jurgen Klopp rose to prominence with his stint at Borussia Dortmund where he won loads of silverware and came within touching distance of the Champions League trophy at Wembley.
When he signed for Liverpool it looked like it was meant to be right from the beginning and the German took no time to attract the attention of the media calling himself the ‘normal one’.
But what followed was nothing that can be described as normal.
A squad full of stars that are lacking a real leader on the field hit with several injuries to key players- this describes Klopp’s journey in the Premier League up-to the start of February.
The occasional sixers at St Marys and Villa Park and not to forget the double over the Citizens were the highlights of Klopp’s tenure at Anfield so far and it is clear for everyone to see that he has got the squad believing in themselves.
From the way the team bounced back after losing in the League Cup final to beating the same opponents in the league 4 days later, to miraculously getting players like Dejan Lovren and Adam Lallana to perform like they are, Klopp has done a lot right in the 5 months he has been at the club.
But this is not even the start of what he is expected to do before he decides to leave the club.
Club legend Jamie Carragher said that the owners and the fans of the club expect the Premier League trophy from Klopp and it is not hard to understand why.
His formula in the Bundesliga not only won him games but also lots of hearts for his and his team’s passion on the field. He will surely get the same kind of help from the Anfield faithful but it will be interesting to see if he can find the same kind of success in England.
In more than 5 months, Klopp said that he has learnt a lot about the English style of football and it is reflected in the two signings he has already completed.
Marko Grujic and Joel Matip who will cost Liverpool around 5 million euro’s this summer are both above 6 foot tall, a couple of inches more than the average height of the current squad.
He might make a number of signings in the summer but the recent form suggests that it will not be easy for him to ignore the quality of the current squad. However, Liverpool do need a number of holes plugged before the start of the next season.
Mignolet on goal, as any Liverpool fan would attest, Moreno at left back are the some of the problems at the back for Klopp to solve in the summer.
Lack of wingers who can stretch the play is another issue that should be taken care of as is the need for a strong central defensive mid-fielder who can run the game in front of the back four.
There is no lack of talent all around Europe and a number of players are continuously linked with the club in the last few weeks. But it will be interesting to see who the German wants and if he does get his set of players into the team next season, Liverpool will surely challenge for better things next season.
The core of the team is not weak but as already mentioned, lack of leadership qualities in the squad has hurt them this season and this might just turn out to be the biggest problem for the manager next season.
However, if the next season of the Premier League is anything like this, Klopp, with a strong squad will surely be hoping to get the burden of winning his first silverware off his chest in grand fashion.
But till then, the whole squad will be playing for their places and it might just give Liverpool a great chance to finish this season on a high.
Do you think Klopp can give Liverpool the Premier League title in his 3 year tenure?
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