Can Liverpool Win The Title Under Klopp?
June 6, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Jurgen Klopp

Apart from the capture of Luis Suarez, there are many observers who believe that Liverpool’s’ capture of Jurgen Klopp will turn out to be the best piece of business they have done in their recent history. Klopp has come to the Premier League with a reputation for being one of the best and most progressive coaches in world football. In fact, apart from Pep Guardiola, Klopp was the most sought after manager in Europe. What Klopp did at Dortmund and more importantly the style which he did it in has seen him gain many admirers in the footballing community. It was seen as a real coup when Liverpool managed to coax him to Anfield and talk immediately began as to whether Klopp was the man to bring the glory days back to the red half of Mersyside. The big question is can he be the man to deliver the Premier League trophy for Liverpool after coming agonisingly close two years ago?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, not least Liverpool’s transfer dealings in the next couple of seasons. This season can be written off as Klopp is managing mostly Brendan Rodgers team. Liverpool are currently way off the pace and don’t stand a chance of winning the title this year. After Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition of Man City the hype machine went into overdrive with many, most notably the ever reliable Sky Sports saying that Liverpool could win the title. This was never going to be the case. Liverpool don’t have the squad to challenge for, let alone win the title. I accept that many people will point to Leicester, who on paper doesn’t have as good a squad as proof that Liverpool are underachieving but Leicester’s season is beyond a fairytale. No matter what article you read or what pundit you listen to there is not one who could have predicted the season Leicester are having. It is outrageous in the extreme. And they have something very important that Liverpool do not. A quality striker who scores goals.

The first position Liverpool need to invest in is a quality front man. Christian Benteke came to Anfield with a hefty price tag but it is clear to see he does not fit into Klopps plans. Being an Aston Villa fan I have watched Benteke at close quarters over a number of seasons and when he is on form he is genuinely unplayable. The problem is that he does not suit the style of play Klopp is looking to adopt, lots of pace and high pressing. I can see Benteke leaving Liverpool. If he can’t make the team now what chance does he have when Liverpool strengthen in the summer. As for Daniel Sturridge I think it is time we remove the “sicknote” nickname from the long suffering Darren Anderton and give it to Sturridge. Jamie Carragher recently revealed that when he was at Liverpool, Sturridge needed to be 100% fit physically and mentally to play a game. Imagine George Best or Maradona had this attitude; they wouldn’t have played 5 games a season. Sorry boss I’m a bit under the weather today I’ve been on the lash since we beat west Ham last week. Nonsense! No doubt Sturridge has been unlucky with injury but when Klopp not so subtly hinted that a lot of Sturridges injury problems may be in his head, and that “he needs to learn what is pain and what is real pain” This showed that he doesn’t believe Sturridge can be relied on. The stats blatantly prove he can’t. If you’re not playing you can’t score. It must be frustrating because Sturridge is a fine player when fit.

Klopp is no fool though and his recent pursuit of the highly rated Alex Teixeria from Shaktar shows the type of forward he is looking for, quick, technically good and someone that will do a lot of running off the ball. Sadly for Liverpool and football in general, Teixeria just like Jackson Martinez have seen a briefcase full of Yuan and followed it to China. I still expect Klopp to look for a striker with a similar profile to Teixeria all the same and he will need to choose very carefully when he decides to splash the cash.

A striker is not the only thing on Klopps wish list however. I feel as if Liverpool needs strengthening in every line on the field to mount a serious title challenge. The players which Klopp brings in will determine how successful Liverpool is. They need a quality centre back maybe two and need a creative player as Coutinho is injury prone and question marks remain over the ability at the top level of Lallana and Firmino. Lucas seemed to be on his way out of Liverpool recently so a defensive midfielder may also be on the shopping list. Many may not agree but I think Emre Can be a big player for Liverpool under Klopp. He is only 22 and while he has still yet to full get to grips with the pace of the English game he has all the attributes to be a top midfielder as he is a natural footballer and technically excellent.

The reason I feel transfers are the key to Klopps title chances, apart from the glaringly obvious is that I have full faith in Klopp as a manager. If he gets the right players he can certainly manage them to win the title. Klopp is a winner, plain and simple. What he did at Dortmund was incredible. Klopp took over in 2008 after Dortmund struggled in the league. Two seasons later, Klopp won the title dethroning the mighty Bayern Munich in the process. As if that was not enough he regained the title the following season with what was at the time the record point’s total. He also led Dortmund to the first domestic double in their history and reached the Champions League final the following year with a fraction of the budget of Europe’s big clubs gaining many admirers in the process. A prolific return from an unproven manager.

This should give Liverpool fans great cause for optimism. What should also put a smile on the fans faces is how Klopps Dortmund played the game, their high pressing and quick passing not to mention their technical ability was a joy to watch. Arguably the most impressive aspect of that Dortmund team was their attitude and lack of ego. They played for each other and for their manager. Players respect Klopp and he seems to be able to extract that extra 10% percent from them. In the world of professional football where teams are so well drilled and players so physically fit and the margins are so thin, this is an invaluable asset. This 10% may be the difference between winning the title and coming agonizingly close as Liverpool fans know all too well.

These are exciting times for Liverpool and with the news that Klopps’ old Bundesliga rival, Pep Guardiola will be taking charge at Man City next season they are exciting times for English football. I fully expect Klopp and Guardiola to be fighting it out for the title in the seasons to come and I for one would not be surprised if the “normal one” brought Liverpool all the way to the Promised Land.

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Can Liverpool Win The Title Under Klopp?
June 6, 2016 (No Comments) by theSharpeUser

Jurgen Klopp

Apart from the capture of Luis Suarez, there are many observers who believe that Liverpool’s’ capture of Jurgen Klopp will turn out to be the best piece of business they have done in their recent history. Klopp has come to the Premier League with a reputation for being one of the best and most progressive coaches in world football. In fact, apart from Pep Guardiola, Klopp was the most sought after manager in Europe. What Klopp did at Dortmund and more importantly the style which he did it in has seen him gain many admirers in the footballing community. It was seen as a real coup when Liverpool managed to coax him to Anfield and talk immediately began as to whether Klopp was the man to bring the glory days back to the red half of Mersyside. The big question is can he be the man to deliver the Premier League trophy for Liverpool after coming agonisingly close two years ago?

The answer to this question depends on a number of factors, not least Liverpool’s transfer dealings in the next couple of seasons. This season can be written off as Klopp is managing mostly Brendan Rodgers team. Liverpool are currently way off the pace and don’t stand a chance of winning the title this year. After Liverpool’s 4-1 demolition of Man City the hype machine went into overdrive with many, most notably the ever reliable Sky Sports saying that Liverpool could win the title. This was never going to be the case. Liverpool don’t have the squad to challenge for, let alone win the title. I accept that many people will point to Leicester, who on paper doesn’t have as good a squad as proof that Liverpool are underachieving but Leicester’s season is beyond a fairytale. No matter what article you read or what pundit you listen to there is not one who could have predicted the season Leicester are having. It is outrageous in the extreme. And they have something very important that Liverpool do not. A quality striker who scores goals.

The first position Liverpool need to invest in is a quality front man. Christian Benteke came to Anfield with a hefty price tag but it is clear to see he does not fit into Klopps plans. Being an Aston Villa fan I have watched Benteke at close quarters over a number of seasons and when he is on form he is genuinely unplayable. The problem is that he does not suit the style of play Klopp is looking to adopt, lots of pace and high pressing. I can see Benteke leaving Liverpool. If he can’t make the team now what chance does he have when Liverpool strengthen in the summer. As for Daniel Sturridge I think it is time we remove the “sicknote” nickname from the long suffering Darren Anderton and give it to Sturridge. Jamie Carragher recently revealed that when he was at Liverpool, Sturridge needed to be 100% fit physically and mentally to play a game. Imagine George Best or Maradona had this attitude; they wouldn’t have played 5 games a season. Sorry boss I’m a bit under the weather today I’ve been on the lash since we beat west Ham last week. Nonsense! No doubt Sturridge has been unlucky with injury but when Klopp not so subtly hinted that a lot of Sturridges injury problems may be in his head, and that “he needs to learn what is pain and what is real pain” This showed that he doesn’t believe Sturridge can be relied on. The stats blatantly prove he can’t. If you’re not playing you can’t score. It must be frustrating because Sturridge is a fine player when fit.

Klopp is no fool though and his recent pursuit of the highly rated Alex Teixeria from Shaktar shows the type of forward he is looking for, quick, technically good and someone that will do a lot of running off the ball. Sadly for Liverpool and football in general, Teixeria just like Jackson Martinez have seen a briefcase full of Yuan and followed it to China. I still expect Klopp to look for a striker with a similar profile to Teixeria all the same and he will need to choose very carefully when he decides to splash the cash.

A striker is not the only thing on Klopps wish list however. I feel as if Liverpool needs strengthening in every line on the field to mount a serious title challenge. The players which Klopp brings in will determine how successful Liverpool is. They need a quality centre back maybe two and need a creative player as Coutinho is injury prone and question marks remain over the ability at the top level of Lallana and Firmino. Lucas seemed to be on his way out of Liverpool recently so a defensive midfielder may also be on the shopping list. Many may not agree but I think Emre Can be a big player for Liverpool under Klopp. He is only 22 and while he has still yet to full get to grips with the pace of the English game he has all the attributes to be a top midfielder as he is a natural footballer and technically excellent.

The reason I feel transfers are the key to Klopps title chances, apart from the glaringly obvious is that I have full faith in Klopp as a manager. If he gets the right players he can certainly manage them to win the title. Klopp is a winner, plain and simple. What he did at Dortmund was incredible. Klopp took over in 2008 after Dortmund struggled in the league. Two seasons later, Klopp won the title dethroning the mighty Bayern Munich in the process. As if that was not enough he regained the title the following season with what was at the time the record point’s total. He also led Dortmund to the first domestic double in their history and reached the Champions League final the following year with a fraction of the budget of Europe’s big clubs gaining many admirers in the process. A prolific return from an unproven manager.

This should give Liverpool fans great cause for optimism. What should also put a smile on the fans faces is how Klopps Dortmund played the game, their high pressing and quick passing not to mention their technical ability was a joy to watch. Arguably the most impressive aspect of that Dortmund team was their attitude and lack of ego. They played for each other and for their manager. Players respect Klopp and he seems to be able to extract that extra 10% percent from them. In the world of professional football where teams are so well drilled and players so physically fit and the margins are so thin, this is an invaluable asset. This 10% may be the difference between winning the title and coming agonizingly close as Liverpool fans know all too well.

These are exciting times for Liverpool and with the news that Klopps’ old Bundesliga rival, Pep Guardiola will be taking charge at Man City next season they are exciting times for English football. I fully expect Klopp and Guardiola to be fighting it out for the title in the seasons to come and I for one would not be surprised if the “normal one” brought Liverpool all the way to the Promised Land.

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