What Do We Want?

What do we want? Success. When do we want it? Now. This seems to be the mentality of a minority of Liverpool fans at the minute. 

Liverpool, in my opinion as a team have the potential to be one of the most exciting attacking teams in Premier League history. With an attacking line up that includes; Phillipe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Daniel Sturridge, Divick Origi and new signing Sadio Mané, these players are the stuff of nightmares for opposition defences. Spurs left back Danny Rose has already said he hated playing against Sadio Mané in the recent draw at White Hart Lane. 

Mané has so far added something new to the Liverpool attack, pace, this is something Liverpool lacked last season. Jordan Ibe, whilst having pace and being Liverpool’s only recognised winger for the 2015/2016 campaign was in and out of the team, with both Brendan Rodgers and Jürgen Klopp struggling to come up with a winning formula for Liverpool. A lot was expected from Ibe last season as he was seen as Liverpool’s only out and out winger but he struggled with the responsibility and ultimately his performances on the pitch suffered. 

This season Ibe has found himself at new surroundings at Bournemouth, deemed not good enough for Jürgen Klopp’s new Liverpool. 

The last four words of the above paragraph is something Liverpool fans have to understand. Jürgen Klopp’s new Liverpool. While Klopp is Liverpool’s biggest asset at the club, fans have to remember he’s a manager, not a miracle worker. He inherited an unfit team full of underperforming players from Brendan Rodgers last October when he took over at the club. While he defied expectations getting Liverpool to two cup finals, the League Cup final and the Europa League final, the results leading up to those finals in my opinion were flukes. Manchester United, Borussia Dortmund and Villareal fell in to the Anfield on European nights trap. They were ill prepared for the atmosphere and this played in to Liverpool’s hands. The team was found wanting in the Europa League final by Sevilla ultimately losing to the Spanish team. The same could be said in the League Cup final against Manchester City.

Lots was expected by fans during the summer window. Fans expected an exodus of dead wood and the arrival of four or five world class players. As it turned out the exodus of dead wood occurred – well to a certain degree, but the addition of the world class stars failed to materialise. This left fans frustrated and moaning about transfers or lack there of and net spend. Net spend is two words I absolutely detest. 

While Klopp has addressed a lot of the problem areas from last season, he has failed to address the one major problem area in the Liverpool team, the left back position. Instead of bringing in a new left back, Klopp has publicly backed Alberto Moreno who was criticised after his performance against Arsenal and has tried to convert James Milner to a left back at the expense of Moreno. 

Fans need to remember while at Mainz, Klopp got them both promoted and relegated in the seven years he was in charge of the German team and it took him three years to achieve any bit of success with them. At Borussia Dortmund it again took him two years to achieve any sort of success with them. Like at Liverpool a lot of work needed doing with the playing squad. In actual fact in his first two seasons at Dortmund his win percentage was 44.12% and 47.06% respectively. 

At both clubs he had the backing of the fans, the players and the club owners. At both Mainz and Dortmund, the fans saw that the club wasn’t perfect. That the team needed improvement and there was no instant fix but they trusted Klopp to do the job and did not bemoan bad results, this is something Liverpool fans can learn from.

The over reaction to the loss at Burnley was astounding. Fans were claiming the season was over and that Liverpool would not achieve anything this season. Remember Rome wasn’t built in a day. To be successful it takes time.

Very few managers these days can walk straight in to a club and nine months later walk away with silverware. In fact you can count on one hand the amount of managers who have done this. Pep Guardiola at both Barcelona and Bayern Munich – although he didn’t have to amass a brand new squad. All he had to do is tweek the team to his liking. Jose Mourhino did it at the majority of the clubs he has worked under including Porto, Inter Milan and Chelsea spending massive money at all three clubs. Antonio Conte is another who had success with Bari, Siena and Juventus. While he struggled to find success with the Italian national team he built the foundations that have seen Juventus win the Serie A title for the last five years running.

Fans need to calm down a little bit and take games one game at a time. Klopp will get it right more times than he will get it wrong, of that I am sure. He’s not going to go out and spend £40-£50 million on any one player.

He’s a manager who likes to coach players and turn them in to world beaters not buy world beaters. He is meticulous in researching players and will only play players who he feels can play the way he likes his team to play. He won’t go out and panic buy a player for the sake of it and will be ruthless when it comes to axing players from the team. Remember Klopp is the manager players have cried out for after the 2014/2015 season, so why not give him the benefit of time and let him go and work his magic on Liverpool.

Written by @TheMoanyOne

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