Football News – Opinion: Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s determination earns respect and optimism for the future
Rebel Jurgen Klopp has given himself every reason to be optimistic when he returns to his Liverpool side next season.
After the stress of the coronavirus pandemic, it’s understandable that many footballers see the seasonal break as an opportunity to take stock and prepare for life as usual. Vaccines will be given, players will be able to travel to see their families and footballers will be able to congregate in Ayia Napa and get sick if they like.
It would be unfair to be particularly harsh on any party that has struggled with the demands of the campaign, but for much of the season Liverpool have been disappointing. There was the Monster, a heavy loss to Aston Villa early on, and countless disappointing and shoddy postings in the league. Roy Keane was justified, albeit provocative, when he called the team ‘bad champions’, but since Keane would be more than happy to dress if necessary – in fact he probably does it every night after. brushing his teeth – you can’t blame his opinion.
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In March of this year, with Champions League football for next season looking uncertain, Klopp’s agent told the German press that the manager was ‘not done’ at Liverpool and had the ‘intention to keep his contract. It recalled Klopp’s own words in July 2020, when he said:
âIt’s a really great story that the boys have written over the years but it’s not over yet – we’re deciding when it’s over.
Georginio Wijnaldum kisses Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool v Crystal Palace, Premier League, Anfield, Liverpool, 23 May 2021
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âI want to see us fight for the next trophy, fight on the pitch and enjoy the hard work and as long as we do that we have a good chance.
The first thing, as always, is to be a team that no one wants to play against. I think we’re like that, but we can be more uncomfortable.
Klopp then believed his team could improve, even with a tough transfer window ahead of them, like every other team. Diogo Jota came in and started getting injured, and it was more or less the same for everyone who walked into the Liverpool dressing room.
There have been end-of-season injuries for Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez, problems for Joel Matip, Fabinho, Ben Davies and more. It is the club’s responsibility to keep their players in shape, of course. It is not just a case of bad luck. It is perhaps questionable whether Klopp’s physical demands on players, such as Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold, inflict mental and physical fatigue that makes drops in form inevitable. But just as the key nucleus of his Dortmund side eventually recovered after his departure, Liverpool found their way back to victory.
As Klopp pointed out, his team had an exceptional race. Since their home loss to Fulham in early March, Liverpool have not lost a league game. Their refusal to turn around is perhaps best demonstrated by their Brazilian goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, who decided it was time to add a fierce header to his highlights against West Brom in a vital and late victory.
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They were helped, of course, by United’s decision to essentially walk away from their fight, but they can only play with the teams placed in front of them. And a lot of times they had to do that without half of their first team.
As Klopp said after the game, the team thrived under the pressure: “I’m so proud of what they’ve done in the last 10 or 15 games and the team’s reaction to the bad ones. moments. Eight wins out of 10, two draws, that’s impressive. “
The mental resolve not to give up without their captain, and their trio before playing through their poor form and reverting to a goal threat, suggests there’s a lot to work on this summer.
Of course, there’s no guarantee that this Liverpool side will ever reach the heights of their back-to-back Champions League and then Premier League titles, but given that 2020 ended with a demand for Klopp’s departure, he showed. that he deserved his own. up at Anfield for some time yet.
Players will need to be added and the relationships established on and off the pitch will need to be fundamentally changed or removed. It’s never easy, but the best managers can use creative destruction to produce something better than what was before. There is now a reason for optimism that Klopp can do just that next season.
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