Jürgen Klopp today has said in his press conference ahead of the match against Tottenham tomorrow that the Liverpool job is a work in progress; as he stated :
” We are still convinced it is a long term project”
Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, with his first match being against Tottenham- who are his opposition this weekend.
His side have come a long way since then.
Klopp has installed his ‘ Gegen pressing’ style into the Liverpool side and has transformed the atmosphere in and around the ground. One of his first quotes as Reds’ manager was ” I want to change doubters to believers” He most certainly did that in his first season, reaching two finals in the Europa League and Capital One Cup.
However, the tides have turned as of late. Recent performances have left home supporters despondent and frustrated as they have witnessed their side pick up just one win in the last ten games.
It is also their second worst start to a calendar year, closely behind the 1953/54 campaign where the Reds went ten games without a win , this term Klopp’s side have just one win in ten matches.
Klopp said in regards to last week’s defeat at Hull ” I was not happy by the first half, even if we had beaten them, I still would have been annoyed.” It is evident the players have let the manager down as of late, as more and more people have pointed to the fact that the Reds’ players only appear to show up for the ‘ big games’
Klopp is still hopeful he can turn things around for the ending of the season, he said this afternoon: ” In my dreams we can win 14 games.”
He added: “After these games, we can look back and watch and make decisions which will help us for the next season.”
It is clear the hope and belief is still there with the German manager as he sees winning the remaining league fixtures as a possibility, however this confidence needs to be transmitted to fans.
He decided against strengthening his side in the January transfer window which many questioned, it will now have to be the summer for Klopp to regroup and make any additions/ removals he wishes to see implemented.
A good atmosphere is imperative for Liverpool to experience success, as on many occasions the home crowd have single handedly picked up the dejected players when in difficult circumstances to spur them onto victory. The Liverpool manager said:
” It would be really nice if we all together can create an atmosphere” , ahead of the weekends match.
Some have been quick to point the finger at Klopp in this tricky period , Klopp added:
” In this situation we have to look for solutions, not excuses.”
It is clear that he is not one for giving up easily and will ensure he continues to push his long term ideas.
In summary, it conveys that Klopp views his job as a blueprint plan attached to it, which will have alterations made along the way. The fans must stick by him and trust that he will deliver success which will see the Reds climb back and reach the summit.
By Tom Cavilla, 18 years old.