The Liverpool jersey is as iconic and respected in English football as any other. It has been a symbol of success for decades, with Liverpool Football Club winning the Premier League a record 18 times, and 5 European cups. But recently, Liverpool have found themselves struggling to keep up with their rivals. Despite this, manager Jurgen Klopp isn’t giving up hope and believes that Liverpool can still achieve greatness despite the difficult times they are going through.
Under Klopp’s stewardship, Liverpool have seen considerable progress since his arrival in October 2015. During his first full season at the helm, Liverpool finished 8th in the Premier League – their best position since 2011-12 – while also reaching two cup finals in the same campaign (the Europa League Final and League Cup Final). However, it was not until the 2017-18 season that Liverpool truly re-established themselves among Europe’s elite clubs. That year saw them reach the Champions League final and finish 4th in the league, while also becoming only the third club to reach 100 points in a single season during their run to 2nd place in 2018-19.
Since then though, Liverpool have struggled to keep up with their peers and find themselves languishing 7th in this years’ Premier League table – a far cry from where they were two seasons ago. So how does Klopp plan on leading Liverpool back to success?
Klopp believes that Liverpool’s recent struggles are due more to bad luck than anything else – citing multiple long-term injuries to key players such as Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez as well as a lack of signings over recent transfer windows as factors contributing to Liverpool’s decline. As such, Klopp maintains faith that once these issues are resolved Liverpool will once again be able to challenge for trophies – starting this season.
To ensure this happens though, Klopp knows he must make some important decisions over the coming months – most notably regarding transfers and player contracts. To do this successfully, he has implemented changes behind the scenes at Anfield too; restructuring what he calls “The Academy” – an internal talent identification system which scouts out promising youngsters from around Europe who could one day play for Liverpool FC if given a chance. In addition, he has been proactive with his recruitment strategies by strengthening his data analytics department so that Liverpool can gain an edge when it comes to assessing potential targets both at home and abroad.
Ultimately though, early signs suggest Klopp is making all of these changes for the right reasons; believing that Liverpool should not be forced “to suffer because of our own history” but instead embrace their storied past by utilizing it towards building a brighter future ahead – something which undoubtedly involves achieving more success both domestically & internationally under Klopp’s guidance.