Jurgen Klopp has earned a golden opportunity with Liverpool’s remarkably early title win. It’s one he surely won’t pass up.
Liverpool are officially Premier League champions, simultaneously doing it earlier and later than anyone ever has. The latter is purely because it’s June, of course – something the Reds couldn’t really change.
The former is all of their own makings, however. Liverpool win it with seven games to spare in one of the most dominant Premier League campaigns ever. In fact, surely the most dominant.
Their title victory, specifically the early nature of it, earns Klopp a unique opportunity, too.
Liverpool have seven games left against Premier League opposition with nothing really riding on them. They can lose every single one 6-0 and still have a record-breaking season in the books.
There is still some pressure on, however. Win enough, for one, and Liverpool can break the points record. That pressure is important, too, as it means Klopp can blood youngsters properly.
Because Liverpool have a chance to give their kids some genuine experience against top players. And they aren’t all throwaway games, either, as long as the Reds want those records.
It’s important to give them games, too. Reports dating back months suggest that Klopp wants certain youngsters in the first-team next season.
The Mirror claimed in April, for instance, that they could sell Xherdan Shaqiri to make room for Harvey Elliott. The Echo said in March that Curtis Jones will replace Adam Lallana in the squad. Goal believes that Klopp sees Neco Williams as a ‘genuine first-team option’.
If that plan is to use at least that trio in the first-team, then these seven games are an invaluable opportunity to blood them. They can get experience with the title already wrapped up and Klopp can properly assess them for next season.
And at a time when Liverpool are reportedly on the fence about spending money on new signings, those kids being ready is more important than ever.