Liverpool have been superb this season, of that there is no doubt.
The Reds are currently 22 points clear at the top of the Premier League, the highest such margin in the history of the top flight, whilst they are still unbeaten in the top tier as well. A title victory at the end of the campaign is now inevitable – this term, no-one has even come close.
Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of credit for what he has done with this team. However, Manchester Evening News journalist Stuart Brennan sees it slightly differently. He says that Klopp has only started winning since he switched to Pep Guardiola’s more honest approach.
— Stuart Brennan (@StuBrennanMEN) February 13, 2020
As you can imagine, this has the Reds supporters in uproar. Many have slammed the writer for his views.
Jurgen is literally living rent free in poor old Stuart’s head.
— Warren Fowles (@redwozza) February 13, 2020
The desperation of this man 😂🙈 https://t.co/1e9mOjGx2t
— J (@mil610) February 13, 2020
— Keith Jones (@Kjones1892) February 13, 2020
So to summarise, Klopp only started winning once he admitted he was wrong, times have changed and transfer fees are now inflated for top players. What a terribly pointless article.
— Rob (@ItsRobJ) February 13, 2020
Conversely, this was the exact time that Pep, the best manager in the world with the most expensive squad in the world, started losing. From 25 points ahead…to 22 points behind. 😂😂😂😂
Comedy gold from @StuBrennanMEN
— Scouser_Les_LFC (@Scouser_Les_LFC) February 13, 2020
It does seem to be an incredibly bizarre opinion to hold. Klopp has won by being at the top of his game – not by following what Guardiola has done in the past.
Some fans have taken particular offence to the amount of money spent.
Funny that Stuart bangs the drums about LFC spending £240m in ‘one year’ but nothing about Man City spending £200m on FBs in one year… or the fact that LFC were able to spend £240m in one year because they had managed to sell £170m worth of players. https://t.co/T65g9ATfVY
— MENTALITY MONSTERS (@RevivedDanny) February 13, 2020
Net spend? https://t.co/Qqiefk4dVG
— 🐏TheWool_LFC🐏 (@LfcThewool) February 13, 2020
The difference is Klopp paid what the market demanded and none of the players he bought were “superstars” at the time. People laughed at the money spent on VVD & Allison only for them to be proven wrong. We have wisely invested the PC cash vs just chucking out money ala City…
— Sean 😎 19🏆6🏆7🏆3🏆8🏆4🏆1🏆 (@seanspool) February 13, 2020
Indeed, whilst Klopp has certainly spent big amounts of money on the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Alisson, Liverpool are miles behind in terms of net spend. In the last five years, they have parted with £107.77m after transfer sales have been deducted. Manchester City’s number, meanwhile, stands at £600.63m. It’s not even close.
Meanwhile, Liverpool fans slam this man’s joint XI.