Michael Mongie discusses whether or not Liverpool should settle for Champions League places next season.
The last season that Liverpool were without European football was the 2013/14 season – and we all know how that ended. You would be hard pressed to find a supporter who would be disappointed with a top four finish. I believe that this is part of the club’s issue. The inability to dream until a league or cup title seems likely is restricting. Liverpool need to start the season with their sights higher than a top four finish.
Klopp’s style of play not only requires an abundance of fitness but also a certain kind of stamina. The gegenpressing nature of his style of play requires quicker reactions and muscles that are less likely to give in to the stress they’ll be exposed to. This is the issue that the German manager encountered early on in the season; his players just weren’t equipped physically to deal with running required by Klopp.
Jürgen Klopp has done a superb job in the eight months that he has been at the club. Being able to say that within half a season you guided a team you’d not yet altered to two cup finals is hugely impressive. Regardless of the failure to win these tournaments, Klopp’s pedigree is evident.
Ahead of a season which will feature managerial top dogs such as Pep Guardiola, Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte there is no reason for Liverpool to fear. All three of these managers will be in charge of their respective clubs for the first time, two of whom have never managed in the Premier League before.
Liverpool are yet to win the Premier League but the common consensus is that Klopp is the man to do the job. He is already showing all the same signs that he did in his time at Borussia Dortmund. He joined the German club and gave the players that were already there time to get used to his style of play. However, after a season of tinkering he sold the players he deemed unfit. Dortmund underwent a total revamp.
Klopp’s effect on the German club was imminent as it has been in England. In his first season as Dortmund boss, Klopp won the DFB-Supercup, defeating Bayern Munich in the final. It would have even more similar had Liverpool won either the Capital One cup or the Europa League this season. Alas, it was not to be.
Liverpool have been linked with several stunning players so far this transfer window but, the cream of the crop has to be Gonzalo Higuian. Players of his pedigree are required to take Liverpool to the next level. The title challenge in 2013/14 was only possible because of the pure genius of Luis Suarez. Without such players it is very difficult to challenge teams with four or five world class players in their squads.
For Liverpool the Premier League is essentially the holy grail. The passion displayed in the tail end of the 2014/14 season was unreal. It was a release of frustration at having not won the tournament since it was re-branded.
As is typical in football, many opposition fans still refer to Liverpool’s title heartbreak joyously, I think Liverpool should take this as encouragement. Three points would have guaranteed Premier League glory for the club and many not associated with the club were relieved that this was avoided.
What is important to consider is that it would be wise to aim high next season. Liverpool will have the advantage a lack of European football which may sound very curious but Leicester City is the example. Claudio Ranieri is labelled the ‘Tinkerman’ and yet he actually made very few changes throughout the season to his title-winning side.
Liverpool need to win the Premier League, if not so my Manchester United supporting mates can hush up, then to add the trophy to the dusty but bulging cabinet which holds 5 European trophies but not a single Premier League title.
I am certain that during Jürgen Klopp’s tenure as manager he will win the Premier League title at least once. Klippity Klopp we’re going back to the top.
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