Liverpool FC is the Eighth highest earning football club in the world, with an annual revenue of $415 million with a total value of $982 million, Its no longer news that there is a new sheriff in town.
A couple of days back, Jurgen Klopp signed a three year deal with the “Reds” as its new gaffer taking over from the sacked Brendan Rodgers, making him the third highest earning coach in the English premiership right behind Loius van Gaal of Manchester United FC and the self-acclaimed “Special One”, Jose Mourinho of Chelsea FC.
The 48 year old contract with will see him earn a staggering 7.37million pounds a year. This is equivalent to 20,191.78 pounds per day, which doubles what Rodgers received at the club.
Klopp’s appointment has been interpreted by many as a huge statement of intent from the Merseysiders. He has told his new American employers that he believes he can deliver with the target of a top four finish this season
So What Exactly Is Jurgen Klopp Bringing to the Table?
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Altering the view of the fans and club is key
With just 5 trophies in the last ten year, Liverpool has been on a crossroad, this is just not good enough.
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There has been lots and lots of poor decision-making in the recruitment of players, football pundits are certain that it is a terrific opportunity for Klopp to inject new sets of players, looking towards the mid-season transfer market
Here’s what Mr. Kayode Smith, a true Liverpool fan has to say with the new development, “Liverpool FC is not what it used to be, in the 70s, 80s and even up till the 90s, it used to be the most important club in England.
For me, the coming of Kloppe doesn’t make Liverpool title contenders overnight, they have enough worth in the team to do that, but this does not make Liverpool title challengers. This is a new era, and at the moment Liverpool are blessed to attract a manager who is one of the best four or five in Europe at the moment. I’m sure the future will be healthy-looking and I’m very hopeful and confident it will be, if they don’t take things for granted”.
The Style of Game He Plays
You will see a more direct approach with Klopp. He likes to play a high energy game and press very early, to turn the ball over in the opponent’s half if possible so you have got only 20 or 30 yards to the opposition’s goal. So you will see a game which is played a lot quicker and a lot more direct than it was in the last few years, under Brendan Rodgers where we were told that Liverpool likes to pass the ball and play the beautiful game, this is certainly hard to do and be successful. Only one team has managed that – Barcelona – and to a certain extent, Bayern Munich now, but they are two of the best teams in Europe. I felt at times in the last three seasons Liverpool did pass the ball, yes, but there was no purpose. They passed the ball for the sake of it and that’s not what I wanted to see. At times it was pedestrian making it painful to watch.
Character In The Team
Klopp believes in hard work and the players will have to go back to their roots because you’ve got to work hard and then you can start playing football. I think at Liverpool in recent years it was the other way around. We played football and then, if we had to compete, we did so. But by then it was too late.
A critic of Brendan Rodgers team told me how much character the team had, but it lacked one thing it was character. Every time the chips were down they failed, they got battered by Aston Villa at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, they lost in the semi-final of the League Cup to Chelsea, they got knocked out of a Champions League group that included Ludogorets and Basel, they lost a League title they should have won – with three games to go it was almost impossible they could lose – but it’s worth nothing if you fall at the last hurdle and don’t take that next step. If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off.
Klopp will get the best out of players
if you look at his Dortmund team, he brought these players in and he got the best out of them. There were three players in recent years he turned from nobodies into world-class players and all three of them left – Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze. They all left the club and they all failed. So that means he brings out the best of players.
I read a piece this week where he said he’s pretty happy with what he’s got at Liverpool and doesn’t feel it needs wholesale changes. Too often managers go into a new job and three months later complain the players aren’t fit enough, they’re not good enough and that he needs ten new players. This guy says, ‘no, no, I think this squad is alright’. Of course he will want one or two players in key positions but, People say his players leave and can’t play in a different system. No, no, I’m not interested in what players do when they leave Liverpool, I want him to bring the best out of players like he did that at Dortmund and I’m pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool. And if you’re not on board and you’re not prepared to sacrifice yourself for the team then I don’t think you’ve got a future at Liverpool.
You might just end up “WALKINGALONE”
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