Liverpool Fc news over the last 30 years has not been too great.Yes,they have had the occasional cup triuphs,but no doubt Liverpool have under performed in contrast to what they used to be.But now,Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp are really starting to worry me.I always knew he was a good manager,so it's no surprise to see what Liverpool are turning into.You see as a kid i hated Liverpool,they won everything while my team Manchester United never had a sniff except the occasional cups.But thankfully in those times we always seemed to do well against Liverpool.
The Anfield men were devastating in those days.They had it all,fantastic players like Kenny Dalglish,Graeme Souness,Steve Nicol,Steve Highway,Phil Neal,John Toshack,Supersub David
Fairclough who was like our Ole Gunnar,Kevin Keegan,Ray Clemence,Ian Rush and Alan Hansen to mention a few.All these men would have walked into any team in Europe at that time.They were incredible players and they won everything.
I do believe if it had not been for English teams being banned from Europe after the Heysel disaster which occurred on 29 May1985, when escaping fans were pressed against a collapsing wall in the Heysel Stadium in Brussels, Belgium, before the start of the 1985 European Cup Final between Liverpool and Juventus,Liverpool would have won 2 or 3 more European Cups than they have now.They were that good.
So imagine if anyone had told me or any football fan at that time that Liverpool would go 26 years without winning the league,there would have been so much laughter that you wold have thought a comedy show was taking place.
But that is exactly what has happened,till that Jurgen Klopp's arrival now threatening to change things.
This summer, Liverpool raised more money in player sales than it spent on purchases. Jürgen Klopp, the club’s German manager, was deemed to have left his squad especially exposed at left back — where the forgetful Alberto Moreno and James Milner, a converted midfielder, were his only options — while Fenway Sports Group, the owner, stood accused of undermining the club’s ambitions by seeking low-budget signings.Manchester City and Manchester United, after all, had spent more than $500 million between them. Chelsea had invested $150 million, too. Even the old skinflint Arsenal enjoyed the most lavish transfer window in its history.
Liverpool’s approach seemed almost like a declaration of surrender.Klopp did not see it that way. He has never tried to conceal his conviction that spending money is not the only route to success, and that he would prefer not to have to empty his employers’ wallet unless he feels absolutely compelled to do so. When Manchester United broke the world transfer record to capture Paul Pogba, Klopp even said that if such eye-watering deals became the norm, he would soon decide he had better things to do than coaching.Liverpool, as a club, is genetically predisposed toward trusting its manager. Flags in a faintly Soviet style fly on the Kop terrace at Anfield, honoring the five managers who most dominate the club’s autobiographical mythology; even before he had won a trophy, a portrait of Rafael Benítez — known as the Rafatollah — was paraded through the streets around the stadium.
It is a place susceptible to a cult of the personality.The fans’ faith in Klopp, then, is almost absolute. His word is gospel: After a victory against Leicester last Saturday, he asked the supporters not to sing his name until “the game is won”; at Stamford Bridge on Friday night, the majority obliged. Only at the final whistle, a 2-1 win secured, did the visitors offer a chorus in Klopp’s honor.Over the summer, though, some had found it hard to keep believing. In a climate in which speculation is seen as accumulation, the apparent contentment of both Klopp and Fenway was confused with acquiescence to stasis.Against Chelsea, that logic was ruthlessly exposed as folly, just as it had been in a victory at Arsenal on the opening day of the season. Because the style of soccer he preaches relies so heavily on the collective, Klopp does not prioritize expensive recruits.
Here are some pictures of the Liverpool glory years.
There is a fragility in its defense, and a lingering question over whether the intensity that is so vital to the team’s play can be maintained over the long season. For the time being, though, they are more than masked by the unity, the sense of purpose and the willing endeavor Klopp has elicited from a group of players who have faith — by and large — in his approach. That, not the relative cost of their squads, was why Liverpool overcame Chelsea: Klopp’s team has an identity, a vision; Conte’s, expensively assembled by a host of coaches, is still searching for its.
If Liverpool are allowed to get back to the heights they were in the 70s and 80s,it will be disaterous for Manchester United ,Arsenal and Chelsea fans,not to talk about Europe.But that exactly is what that man with the glasses,Jurgen Klopp plans to do.
By Wale Moradeyo and Rory Smith of the New York Times.