Don't doubt him now - 3 times Jurgen Klopp proved us wrong


Don't doubt him now - 3 times Jurgen Klopp proved us wrong

Fans should know not to doubt Jurgen Norbert Klopp.

Liverpool have had a quiet summer so far. Ibrahima Konate has been the only new addition to the squad.

Many are frustrated with the lack of signings. Many feel that a midfielder and a forward are needed to compete for the Premier League title this season.

Of course, the window is still open. New recruits could still be brought in.

But even if they aren’t, Jurgen Klopp seems happy with his squad. If he is happy, then we should all be.

After all, there is enough evidence out there to suggest that he should not be doubted.

Fans have done so numerous times in the past and he has proven us wrong every single time.

Here are three prime examples.

Salah over Brandt?

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Take your mind back to summer 2017. Liverpool had just about come fourth in the Premier League after Klopp’s first full season at the club.

The front three of Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Phillipe Coutinho had had a brilliant season together. Yet it was clear that more competition was needed.

One name that was strongly linked was Julian Brandt, then of Bayer Leverkusen.

Yet the player Liverpool went for was perceived Chelsea reject Mohamed Salah.

Certain fans were fuming with the decision to overlook 21-year-old Brandt in favour of a player that had not cut the mustard in the Premier League already.

Many thought that the Egyptian would come in as a deputy to Sadio Mane on the right-wing. But as it turned out, Liverpool had signed a megastar who broke all kinds of records in his first year.

Mane was shifted to the left while Salah nailed down the right, where he remains to this day.

Brandt, meanwhile, is now at Borussia Dortmund where he is a semi-regular in central midfield.

Can spot a player, can our Jurgen.

Keep Coutinho at all costs

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Fast forward a few months from Salah’s signing to January 2018.

Liverpool’s main man Philippe Coutinho was tearing it up, with seven goals and eight assists in the league.

The front three became a fab four, with the Brazilian playing in a deeper role to facilitate the new attacking trio of Firmino, Mane and Salah.

And he was really shining.

Yet talk of a move to Barcelona would not go away. The Catalan side badly wanted Coutinho, and they got him eventually.

£142m was what Liverpool eventually received.

Again, fans were fuming with the loss of the side’s key player, especially mid-season.

Yet it just seemed like Klopp wasn’t fully convinced for some reason. He was happy to let him go, especially for such an astronomical fee.

He used the money to bring in a centre-half from Southampton (more on him later), while Alisson and Fabinho were also brought in a few months later.

Liverpool managed to reach the Champions League final in Coutinho’s absence, while the players signed using his transfer fee proved to be world-class talents that helped the Reds to Champions League and Premier League titles.

As for Coutinho’s Barcelona career… well, the less said the better.

Ultimately, Jurgen Klopp was right and the fans were wrong to doubt him. Liverpool really were a better side without the playmaker in it.

Waiting for van Dijk

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Wow, Liverpool really were making all the right decisions in 2017 and early 2018.

The Reds needed a centre-back in summer 2017. Dejan Lovren just wasn’t quite it.

Klopp and Liverpool wanted one man and one man only – Southampton’s Virgil van Dijk.

It looked like a deal would be made, before Liverpool were accused of tapping up the Dutchman and the saga seemingly ended with a rather embarrassing apology having to be made.

Fans demanded the Reds move onto the next target. Namely, Kalidou Koulibaly.

However, deadline day passed and Liverpool went into the season with Lovren and the brilliant but injury-prone Joel Matip as their first-choice partnership.

By the time it got to December, it became clear – they were going to get van Dijk after all.

He was signed on January 1, and went straight into the team for the Merseyside derby in the FA Cup, where he scored the winner.

And he hasn’t looked back. Words cannot describe the impact that van Dijk had made at the club.

In all honesty, nobody else could have done it.

So, Klopp and his recruitment staff’s decision to wait a few months and get the player they really wanted, rather than the next best thing, proved to be absolutely spot on.

It is probably the best example of Liverpool’s manager proving to everyone that he is always right and us mere fans are often wrong.

So, while a lack of signings this summer is frustrating, yes, we simply have to trust the judgement of the men in charge.

We should all know better than to doubt Jurgen Klopp.

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