Why you shouldn’t be easily enchanted by Klopp’s albeit enticing and charming character, and consider whether or not Klopp’s appointment as Liverpool manager was too much thinking with heart and not enough thinking with head.
The recent appointment of Jürgen Klopp as manager of Liverpool has managed to resuscitate half of Merseyside, and there’s a consensus that Klopp looks and feels like a Liverpool man, in other words, there’s a much needed buzz around the club.
His passion, character (a word that has actually been outlawed in Liverpool now) and swagger is something that undeniably suits Anfield, and it all seems to make an awful lot of sense.
It has even left some other premier league fans jealous. Arsenal fans in particular, an arguably divided fan base, where two or three times a season the Wenger-Out brigade manage to gather some momentum.
They’ll take over twitter for 24 hours after losing to literally any team that can play a long ball, and then point to someone like Klopp as a suitable replacement.
Now, while it’s easy to get caught up in Klopp’s warm, 6ft4, dirty blonde haired persona, and while it’s easy to see how he’d be a perfect fit there, his arrival at Anfield for me is a bit too reminiscent of the way Liverpool have gone about signing their players in recent years.
It’s almost as if they get too excited when in negotiations with players and say “Yeah, why not? He could be alright. Yeah let’s do it. He scored a goal once in an England under 18s friendly which was reminiscent of an inform Torres.” And it’s a done deal. It’s that recklessness and eagerness to get a quick fix that has broken Liverpool, particularly since Suarez left, and they’ve acted in the same way with signing Klopp.
For the squad he built at Dortmund and the impact he has on the players and the fans alike, Klopp has undeniably had his moments on football’s world stage. But when you look at his previous posts, he has spent the entirety of his managerial career in the Bundesliga, a league that is quite frankly one of the least competitive leagues in Europe, and what is he jumping head first into? The most competitive league in the world.
He also failed to replace the players that were key to the successful seasons at Dortmund with any real quality, like replacing Lewandowski with Immobile, remind you of any other manager? Or was Balotelli an adequate replacement for Suarez? To be fair, unlike Klopp, Balotelli was actually proven in the premier league at the time Liverpool signed him.
The loss of key players was pretty much down to Bayern Munich, the designated Bundesliga talent vacuum came knocking, and when they did there was an alarming lack of back bone in displaying any ability to retain players. What’s to say he’s going to be able to fend off Man City when they eventually come swooping in for Coutinho? Or maybe even Benteke after Bony gets fed up there?
When Liverpool lost their good players under Rogers, they sunk, when Dortmund lost their good players under Klopp, they almost drowned, they flirted with the relegation zone for far too long, which in that kind of league, is inexcusable.
My point is, when at Dortmund, he completely failed to fix his team, so what makes people think that at Liverpool where they’re in desperate need of being fixed, he can perform? Will his charm do it? Will his charm increase increase Danny Ings’ fifa stats? Will his charm justify spending 25 million on Adam Lallana or restore Dejan Lovern’s ability to implement basic foot-eye coordination? I don’t think his charm is enough to fix what is going on at Liverpool.
Having said all this, Liverpool could have half a chance of challenging Chelsea for a top four space this season. The board may even have some funds left over after Rogers waged war on monetary logic, and if so maybe Klopp will change the transfer strategy, and Liverpool can buy proven quality. It has been reported that he wants the transfer committee disbanded (my mate said something about it maybe happening) which would be a great first step.
As most of us can see there’s a real problem with the transfer policy at Liverpool, where they seem to exclusively sign the just above average, the prospects, and the unproven in the premier league foreign player.
The way I’ve envisioned the closing in of a transfer target at Liverpool in recent years has been Brendan Rogers looking deep into a piece of paper, listing the stats of a young prodigy who has done wonders in the Estonian Division 2 league, looks up to the board and in a concise husky Northern Irish breath says, “He could be the next Suarez. God, I miss Suarez.” And then cries a little bit. If Klopp can change that mentality, then he might they might be on to something.
Only time will tell if Klopp will restore Liverpool’s status as a big club, and overall, Klopp is loveable, and his hair transplant is better than Wayne Rooney’s. But, is he going to be good enough to turn things around at Anfield? Will the feel-good aura he brings magically materialize into trophies? Or will his lack of BPL experience prove to sink Liverpool deeper into Europa League mediocrity or worse.
I guess the only thing that is for certain is that we can all look forward to half the Dortmund squad being linked to Liverpool for the next 2 years, and it being their year again.