Jürgen Klopp needs to find a solid plan B if Liverpool are to build on their 2016/17 campaign says ex-Reds midfielder Didi Hamann.
According to former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann, Liverpool are facing their biggest ever season and Jürgen Klopp will need a concrete plan B if he is to build on the Champions League qualification secured at the end of 2016/17.
The Reds are preparing to take on their first Champions League campaign since 2014, granted they win their play-off round of course, which will see the club fighting on four fronts as they continue their search for silverware. Hamann believes this extra football could be detrimental to the Reds and that Klopp will need to be careful to ensure his side do not suffer burn out come the final months of the season.
“Every season is big for Liverpool but this might be bigger because the last thing you want to do is to drop straight back out of the Champions League if you don’t finish in the top four,” the Istanbul hero said.
“So it could be a decisive campaign because at times last season Liverpool looked tired even though they had no European football. They have got to prove they can compete on three or four fronts and be reasonably competitive in each of them – that’s the big test for Klopp and the team.”
“I’m intrigued to see how they will get on because I feel they need a Plan B. They need another way of winning games that doesn’t always involve them playing at 100mph.”
As Klopp prepares to enter his second full season in charge as Reds boss, his countryman believes that it’s time for the German to up the gears in his hunt for silverware, not just for the fans but the safety of his job.
“It’s been five years since Liverpool last won a trophy when they picked up the League Cup,” he said. “And while staying in the top four and doing well in the Champions League is great for revenue and attracting top players, clearly Klopp has to win a trophy.”
“Whether he didn’t properly focus on the FA Cup last time I don’t know. But the bottom line is once you get to the semi-finals of the EFL Cup, like they did last season, then over two legs you’ve got to beat Southampton.”
“Arsenal have missed out on the big trophies but in the last two or three years they’ve won the FA Cup twice and that has bought Arsene Wenger more time. It’s been too long since Liverpool last won a trophy and it’s about time they did.”