Jurgen Klopp needs to look to the past for the future

Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool watches his team warm up prior to the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Liverpool at Wembley Stadium on October 22, 2017 in London, England.
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Dave Davis outlines a plan for Jurgen Klopp’s future at Liverpool by drawing from the past.

There will always come a tipping point in any situation. Something that happens, even a unique incident which ensures a strong reaction. The substitution of Dejan Lovren after 30 minutes against Tottenham may well be one for Jurgen Klopp, but the effects need to be far wider. Klopp may well need to look to one of his predecessors at Anfield for guidance.

When Gerard Houllier finally took sole charge of Liverpool, he was under no illusions that his side’s defence was good enough. When another Sander Westerveld error proved too much, the arrivals of Jerry Dudek and Chris Kirkland weren’t far away. Stuanton, Babb, Kvarme and others were cast aside as Babbel, Hyppia and Henchoz became the defensive pillars on which treble success was built.

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Yesterday, the manager look mystified on the touchline at what he was seeing unfold in front of him. Lovren may well have been taken off for his own protection and become the scapegoat for now, but he shouldn’t be alone. Emre Can was again well off the pace and looked even worse at right back, whilst Joel Matip must be delighted the focus has been on his defensive partner in recent times. The fact Simon Mingolet was at fault for an opposition goal was of little surprise to Reds everywhere.

The quote that keeps coming back to bite the manager was his statement that there aren’t centre halves better than we already have at the club. It’s worth keeping in mind though that José Giménez, Giorgio Chiellini, Juanfran, João Miranda and Stefan De Vrij are all out of contract next summer. It would take some going to find a Liverpool fan who doesn’t believe a combination of those players would improve our defence and that’s without a fee. That’s also without bringing the van Dijk saga back into play.

There will naturally be calls for Danny Ward to be given a chance, although long term it’s hard to look at any of Liverpool’s current crop of keepers and say we can win trophies with them as number one. Jack Butland wouldn’t come cheap, but again appears attainable, although it’s all easier said than done.

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That being said though, there needs to be a significant change in personnel aside from any discussion around setup. Houllier displayed a ruthlessness that proved to be a key part of his successful times at Anfield whilst Rafa too wasn’t adverse to bombing a player out if he felt it was needed. Klopp has been loyal to many of these players, but the application of lessons from the past may well define how he’s ultimately viewed.


  1. Most fans would suggest Lovren should have gone two years ago, Matip isn’t the answer, Klavan isn’t good enough, Moreno might be good going forward but his defensive play is weak, Milner was easily outpaced more than once against Spurs and is on the wane, Mignolet is error prone, Henderson is not a defensive midfielder and never will be, Firmino is never going to score enough goals irrespective of how much running he does and the manager is useless defensively.
    These weaknesses have been there since he arrived two full years ago and, if anything, our defence is worse now than when he arrived. No doubt he will keep rotating the same mediocre keepers and I fully expect this club to start next season with Matip and Lovren in the squad, Henderson still almost invisible as a failing defensive midfielder and our club competing against City, Spurs, United, etc., with us having goal-shy Firmino up front whilst they have Kane, Aguero and Lukaku. Talk about shooting ourselves in the foot before the season even starts . . .
    No, Klopp is not good enough . . . he’s supposedly after Dellofeu, the Everton bench-warmer, when we need a new keeper, two new centre backs, a defensive midfielder and a striker. The last thing we need is another in-and-out-of-the-team winger to sit on the bench more often than not. Gerrard and Alonso should take over . . .

  2. I saw lots of fans criticized Klopp. But one think your aall have to know, Klopp tactical is correct. The real blame should go to the players who not up to their game. I hate those pundits said sack klopp and replace another talented manager this and that. If they are so good and smart ask them go and coach those Liverpool players! I believe they more even worst and mayb relegated. Easier said than done. Besides, I think Klopp should go for the likes of Rodrigo Caio from sao paolo which he is a Brazil Olympics champion as a fist choice defender. He may be a chepaer option but he is young who only below 23. I believe Italian defender also can be considered. For the keeper i think klopp should let Danny ward a try.


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