Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti admits that Liverpool have set the blueprint his side must follow if they want to be successful.
Ancelotti joined Everton in late December and has enjoyed a decent enough start. The Italian has overseen eight wins from his 20 games in charge, a win percentage of 40.
To push on, though, he believes patience is necessary. As well as a look across Stanley Park.
“First of all, we have to be a little bit patient because it takes time to improve,” Ancelotti told ESPN. “If you consider what Liverpool did, I think Liverpool started the project five years ago and they are at the top.
“We have to try and do the same. We have to keep the high ambition, high motivation and day by day to try to improve.”
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What RTK has to say
Honestly, this is inevitable. Everton won’t be the only ones looking at Liverpool and Ancelotti won’t be the only manager pointing to the Reds’ patience.
Liverpool have set a new standard to running an elite club and their success speaks for itself. Others have no choice but to match the planning and execution if they too want to win.
But there’s definitely some extra satisfaction in the Everton manager calling it out.
The Toffees have been in Liverpool’s shadow for a long, long time now. But that shadow has never really covered them like this. They will finish bottom half this season while the Reds are the reigning English, European and World champions.
You don’t hire Ancelotti unless you have high aspirations, though. Everton want out of that shadow and to compete at the top of the table.
But they, along with everyone else looking and learning from Liverpool, will soon see that the Reds are making something remarkably difficult look easy.
The Liverpool way is only a blueprint of sorts. Yes, patience and planning is vital but the execution with the right people is what’s truly key. And no one else can boast recruitment as well done as by Michael Edwards or a manager quite like Jurgen Klopp.