Liverpool’s unrivalled rise back to the pinnacle of Europe’s elite has once again restored the club as a domestic and continental powerhouse.

The reigning European champions and world champions, who command a dizzying 22-point lead atop are making the unsustainable seem ordinary.

Liverpool’s operating style has seen Jurgen Klopp and sporting director Michael Edwards orchestrate surgical work in the market in recent years. The club’s net spend of around £74.5m since Klopp’s appointment in 2015 epitomises the validity to Liverpool’s on-pitch success and ballooning commercial gains.

The Reds have become masters of their own trade and have innovated the blueprints that other teams are looking to replicate as the method to success.

LONDON, ENGLAND – JANUARY 29: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp celebrates their victory during the Premier League match between West Ham United and Liverpool FC at London Stadium on January 29, 2020 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Charlotte Wilson/Offside/Offside via Getty Images)

The reality is that Liverpool and Klopp have been brace when they’ve had to be. Despite sitting atop the Premier League summit and ruling across Europe with an iron fist, it wasn’t always plain sailing for the German manager and Liverpool.

Similarly, as he did at Dortmund, Klopp was forced to allow star players to leave for European rivals. The likes of Robert Lewandowski, Mario Gotze and Philippe Coutinho all slipped beneath Klopp’s fingers with the pull of other continental heavyweights proving too strong.

Klopp has since avoided the temptation of reuniting with some of his former Dortmund heroes that helped inspire back-to-back Bundesliga league title during his seven-year spell with the club.

Instead, the Liverpool boss chose to form new relationships and meticulously identified hidden gems from untapped regions of the globe.

Klopp has also proven he is just as formidable at developing new players as he is signing them. Just look at the impact he has had on players such as Jordan Henderson, Roberto Firmino, Dejan Lovren and James Milner who were all at the club before the German’s arrival.

Liverpool’s German manager Jurgen Klopp applauds the fans following the English Premier League football match between West Ham United and Liverpool at The London Stadium, in east London on January 29, 2020. – Liverpool won the match 2-1. (Photo by Glyn KIRK / AFP) / RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or ‘live’ services. Online in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No video emulation. Social media in-match use limited to 120 images. An additional 40 images may be used in extra time. No use in betting publications, games or single club/league/player publications. / (Photo by GLYN KIRK/AFP via Getty Images)

In an attempt to make Liverpool less predictable amongst their rivals, Klopp realised he had to evolve with a playing style that was unprecedented amongst Europe. Rather than making blockbuster signings for the fun of it, Klopp looked at more left-wing options that would take time to showcase their value.

 

Liverpool have also avoided the temptation of bringing in superstars and have instead trusted the principles that have seen the club back on their perch.

The former Mainz boss has also showcased a rare trust in the club’s youth system. Whilst rivals were chucking eight-figure numbers to fix their defensive woes, Liverpool used their academy system to their advantage.

Liverpool now have two of the finest full-backs in world football in the form of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andy Robertson. If someone were to tell you the Reds had acquired their services for a combined £10m it would be deemed farcical.

Even after their Champions League triumph last season, the message from sporting director Edwards and Fenway Sports Group president Mike Gordon: Do not get sucked into abandoning the principles that have got the club to this point.

It’s very possible that Liverpool’s current world-conquering current crop of players could stay together for the next three-four years. On top of that, the likes of Harvey Elliott and Curtis Jones will give Kopites belief that the structure for future talent is very much in place.

Liverpool’s principles and bravery in adapting their philosophies have firmly seen them back on their perch. The Reds are here to stay.

 

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