The Klopp Effect
When Jürgen Klopp was announced as Liverpool manager, succeeding the late ‘great’ Brendan Rodgers, he didn’t have a lot of fans to win over; we were already on his side. But the words he delivered gave us a real feeling of optimism.
Since he gave his first press conference as Liverpool manager, Jürgen Klopp has done just what he said he wanted to do; turn doubters into believers. The writing is on the wall, just look at our recent Istanbul-like comeback against Borussia Dortmund.
But, it would appear there are some doubters. Sky Sports released a graphic a short time ago that compared our them form to that under Brendan Rodgers. In my opinion, that graphic is unfathomable. He’s working miracles with a squad once thought to be littered with dead wood.
There’s been a lot of difference under Jürgen Klopp, much more than what the analytics would reveal and of course broadcasters and fake pundits love their data. He has given some of the former questionable players the chance to prove their worth to the team, and some are playing out of their skin.
You only have to look as far as Joe Allen and Dejan Lovren to know that the squad is re-energized and are believing in the new system. The latter coming up clutch to net an emotional winner against Borussia Dortmund, that probably induced tears to many Liverpool fans.
Though, some players just haven’t taken the chance afforded to them. Namely, Jordon Ibe and Martin Skrtel. It has been a steady slope downhill for them, and as a result I expect them both to be departing in the summer; Ibe has seemingly made the decision to leave.
I’m extremely disappointed in Ibe. If you remember rightly, he came out in the press as the good egg following the departure of the snake that is Raheem Sterling. His boots have gotten a little too big for his feet, he’s only young and he should be proving to Jürgen that he’s good enough to play.
It is well documented that Jürgen Klopp will only pick a player if he believes he’s good enough to play for the team and potentially win the game. I have seen very little from Jordon Ibe to say that he deserves a spot even on the bench. He’s got a lot of work to do.
In summary, both the fans and the players believe that on any given Sunday Liverpool FC are now equipped to go out there and bring home the win. The energy within the team is now more visible, and the results are beginning to come in.
I’ll continue to say that the Summer is going to be a very busy one, plenty of players will be coming in and plenty are expected to be departing. In our current position, it’s looking like we’re going to do quite well in the transfer window.
Marco Reus, do you want in now?
Until next time, I’ll catch you down the road.