Not even twelve months into Klopp’s time as Liverpool manager and he has already managed to take us to two cup finals, and masterminded some amazing performances against the big teams. I can’t help but mention the Dortmund game at Anfield, I remember hugging strangers in the pub when Lovren scored, beautiful stuff.
For some reason though, there are some fans who are calling for Klopp’s head, how they managed for three years with Rodgers I have no idea.
The fact is, for us to be challenging for the title each and every year it’s going to take longer than one season. I’m also not including last season in that, as it wasn’t ‘Klopp’s team’ yet. Now that he has had a summer to change things we can begin the development.
It took him two seasons to win the league with Dortmund, and that was in the Bundesliga. With all due respect to the Bundesliga, the Premier League is a lot more competitive. If it takes us just two years to win the league, I’d take that in a heartbeat but that probably won’t happen.
In Klopp’s first season at Dortmund they finished sixth in the league but had the least amount of losses, which surely (and rightly) filled the fans with hope for the coming years. The team from that season featured the likes of Mats Hummels, Roman Weidenfeller, Marcel Schmelzer, Nuri Sahin and Neven Subotic. All became members of Dortmund’s title winning team in 2010/11.
Despite what can only be described as an average first season, what Klopp went onto achieve with Dortmund was amazing, and he laid the foundation for them becoming one of Europe’s most feared teams in recent years.
As for Liverpool, I am extremely happy with our current manager and the way he is taking us, a cup win this season and a decent finish in the league would be a stepping stone to take us to the next level. Contending every year, which we should be doing.
The point is that it will take time, a little bit of patience is a necessity for LFC fans, as much as it aggravates us.
As they say – Rome wasn’t built in a day.
Written by @LiamGrimshaw