Why are Liverpool and Klopp still the envy of the footballing world?

Jurgen Klopp and his team delivered yet another timely reminder of why his Liverpool outfit are still the envy of the league.

It’s one of the reasons why managers such as Frank Lampard and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer are handed the luxury of time at their respective clubs as Liverpool’s rivals are trying to implement the Reds’ sustainable model to replicate similar success.

However, it is important to note that Klopp wasn’t given so much time at Liverpool out of common courtesy rather that it was merited by delivering improvements year upon year ever since his appointment in 2015.

LONDON, ENGLAND – AUGUST 14: Sadio Mane of Liverpool and team mates celebrate his goal with Jurgen Klopp, Manager of Liverpool during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Liverpool at Emirates Stadium on August 14, 2016 in London, England. (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

From year one, Klopp has successfully hit his targets, season upon season ever since his first full campaign took charge in August 2016.

From breaking into the Champions League, to reaching the club’s first European Cup final since 2007, to being crowned continental kings for the sixth time and then to win Liverpool’s first league title in 30 years, it’s fair to say Klopp continually outdoes himself practically every season.

To think how far the team have come after the first of two Champions League finals back in 2018, and now two seasons ago that they somehow lost a Premier League campaign despite finishing with 97 points is astonishing.

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Liverpool are all about marginal gains and how they can consistently implement sustainable progress as opposed to looking for a fast track route to success.

This is typified in the club’s maintained transfer approach ever since Klopp’s arrival. In 2016 Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum arrived. In 2017 it was Mohamed Salah and Andy Robertson who followed before Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez’s talents were harnessed to the full effect. In 2018, things finally began to change following the transformative additions of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson overhauling the defence after the departure of Philippe Coutinho.

Once Klopp finally acquired the squad he deemed was ready to take that crucial leap from doubters into believers it was finally time for the club to focus on the attunement of tactics and key personnel to take Liverpool to that next level.

Since the arrival of the two defensive pillars, as well as Fabinho, who is described by Pep Lijnders as Liverpool’s very-own ‘lighthouse’, Liverpool have been the dominating force in England once again.

SALZBURG, AUSTRIA – AUGUST 17: (THE SUN OUT. THE SUN ON SUNDAY OUT) Pepijn Lijnders of Liverpool during a training session on August 17, 2020 in Salzburg, Austria. (Photo by John Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

It was Lijnders who previously stated that ‘the best signing you can make is the training process.’  With that said, Liverpool’s success may have been innovated in the transfer market but it has been taking to all new heights following the daily excursions from the players at the training ground at Melwood.

Every player that is signed buys into the model that Klopp has implemented and no player doubts what is expected of him. Liverpool’s extensive network of scouts ensures that a number of determining variables are met before any transfer is officially sanctioned.

It is not a coincidence then, that the recruitment process headed up by sporting director Michael Edwards has been near perfect in the last four years and has become the envy of the footballing world.

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