Jamie Day explains, in the best possible way, why defeat to Burnley isn’t all doom and gloom
When Sadio Mané wrapped his left foot around the ball and it shot into the top corner like a bullet I sat there laughing, shaking my head in pure disbelief at what I was seeing. This wasn’t the first time this had happened.
I was sat with my mate in the home end at the Etihad until Roberto Firmino tapped in for 3-0 and my laughter drew the attention of a fair few hundred extremely pissed off Mancs and I was politely told by stewards that a likely fourth goal would probably result in a good kicking.
Think of Lovren rising highest to crash home against Dortmund, think of Coutinho jinking past Varela and silencing Old Trafford with an exquisite finish past David De Gea. Think of the celebrations when Daniel Sturridge finished smartly at home to Villarreal, or even when he put us up 1-0 in Basel. Think of the smiles when Kolo Toure scored at Villa Park or when Divock Origi went from zero to hero in the space of 90 minutes at St Mary’s.
This is what Klopp has bought us. The madness, the memories. Defensive naivety at times, yes. But at others there has been pure, unadulterated joy. There will be times of frustration for sure; Watford away last season and obviously the performance at Turf Moor wasn’t good enough. However, unless we plan on winning every single game then every season is filled with times of frustration.
Cast your minds back to November 2013 when even the SAS couldn’t prevent a timid performance away at Arsenal. Even the glorious year of 2004-05 was riddled with inconsistency; group stage defeats away at Olympiakos and Monaco spring to mind. Without the bad times football wouldn’t be football.
That’s what makes the good times taste so sweet. So, stop with the negativity, we lost against Burnley, but we could easily turn up at White Hart Lane and turn Tottenham over for the 3rd time in 4 seasons, and the person who is most likely to mastermind that victory is Jürgen Klopp. A manager so good he won the Bundesliga with a team that isn’t Bayern Munich. A manger so good he took a team who weren’t good enough to qualify in 8 of the previous 10 years to the final of the Champions League. So, stop doubting his ability just because he hasn’t executed Alberto Moreno, or thinks Mamadou Sakho is overrated, or because we lost one game against fucking Burnley.