At the weekend, Jürgen Klopp passed the 500 day mark in charge of Liverpool Football Club. To say it’s been a rollarcoster 500 days, is an understatement. What have we learned in those 500 days about Jürgen Klopp and Liverpool.
We learned that there is a discontent amongst a small minority of the Liverpool fans over what they perceive to be lack of investment in the club.
This perception was at the fore last month when players who are linked to Liverpool stayed with their clubs or moved elsewhere.
We learned that if you’re plying your trade in Germany, you’re a target for Liverpool. The list of players from the Bundesliga linked with Liverpool is as long as my arm.
We learned that Klopp isn’t afraid to take a risk on a player, something he did last summer bringing in both Sadio Mané and Georginio Wijnaldum for a combined fee of over £50 million.
We learned that Klopp won’t be held to ransom by players or their agents. If a player doesn’t want to come to Liverpool, then he’s not going to bend over backwards to convince them that Liverpool is the place for them.
We learned that if you don’t fit in to Klopp’s ethos and his way of playing, then you’ll be left by the wayside. Daniel Sturridge being the perfect example of this. Arguably Liverpool’s biggest player, he’s found playing time hard to come by this season at Anfield.
We learned that Klopp isn’t the type of manager to forgive and forget even to the detriment of the team. Just ask Mamadou Sakho.
We learned that Klopp isn’t afraid to give youth a try. He’s willing to throw the much hyped younger players in at the deep end to see if they can sink or swim. And if they can’t swim, well it’s Auf Wiedersehen.
We leaned that Klopp hates the loan system and would prefer to have players in and around the first team. If you’re not good enough, then he’ll find a team that’s willing to splash some cash and take you on a permanent deal.
We learned that Jürgen Klopp is his own man and is willing to take the blame when things go wrong on the pitch. Just ask Alberto Moreno, Klopp took him out of the team this season when the criticism was getting too much for the Spanish defender.
Finally we learned that Jürgen Klopp is at Liverpool for the long run and no matter what the fans want or tell him he should do, he’s going to do things his way. He has a plan and he’s going to stick to it no matter what happens on the pitch.
In his 500 days in charge, Herr Klopp has played 86 games, won 42, drawn 25, lost 19, scored 162 and conceded 101 goals. Klopp has also broken 4 pairs of glasses. Not a bad start to life as Liverpool manager.
Written by @TheMoanyOne