Despite falling out rather publicly with West Brom’s Tony Pulis in recent weeks, Jurgen Klopp is a man seemingly loved by the Anfield faithful and the majority of the English top-flight alike.
For his charismatic approach on the side-lines down on Merseyside, unquestionable level of passion for the Reds and their current cause this season, as well as simply trying to play the ‘right’ kind of way on nearly every given occasion – it remains difficult to find any real detractors towards the enigmatic German tactician.
However, after losing to both Newcastle United and Watford FC in their last few Premier League outings, perhaps the famed honey-moon period is now well and truly over for Liverpool and their newly appointed main man in the dug-out.
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So then, in light of such an unforeseen turnaround in events for Reds fans in recent weeks, is Jurgen Klopp really still the right man capable of restoring the glory days back at Liverpool Football Club?
Even though the Merseysiders did in-fact look a great deal stronger as a result of Klopp’s immediate inclusion at their club, Liverpool now seem more and more just like the same old Brendan Rodgers side with every passing week.
Their overall play has become rather ineffectual of late, with the club’s first choice starting XI seemingly unable to pick itself nine times out of ten.
The Reds back-line looks just as shaky and as unorganised as it ever has done, the expensive likes of Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino have failed to hit the ground running in very predictable style – and although Jurgen Klopp has indeed suffered a succession of testing injury concerns in his current first team ranks, Liverpool still look desperately short of goal-scoring form.
Klopp ultimately left Borussia Dortmund last season in their lowest ebb for quite some time after all. He may have found it a great deal easier to work away from the spotlight amid the German Bundesliga at first, and could well turn out to be a totally different manager altogether at a club as high pressured and as unpredictable as Liverpool.
However, as the captivating Stuttgart-born boss nevertheless inherited a team built by the ill-fated Brendan Rodgers when he first took over the reins at Anfield this season, no one could genuinely blame Jurgen Klopp for failing to dramatically change Liverpool’s fortunes during his first season at the club.
The January transfer window represents his first real chance to bring in his own personally selected talent in this term, and could well spark an opportune moment for the Liverpool hierarchy to start clearing out some of the stagnant deadwood currently lingering at their club. Had Jurgen Klopp been drafted in with the Reds before this season even got underway, the Anfield faithful could well have been experiencing a different fate right in the here and now.
In the end, the 2015/16 campaign was always going to prove somewhat of a transitional one for Liverpool after deciding to part ways with Brendan Rodgers after the closure of the summer transfer window. The club arguably found themselves heading in the wrong direction for the majority of his time on Merseyside, so any Liverpool fan expecting a quick-fix from Jurgen Klopp would certainly seem a bit naïve.
Although the Reds arguably resemble more of a mid-table Premier League side than a team looking to break the top-four once again this season, Klopp is still one of the most sought after managers in world football and possibly possesses just the right kind of personality to turn things around at Liverpool in all due time.
Therefore, although the long-standing Premier League club probably won’t experience many more meaningful highs this season, Jurgen Klopp is still the right man to restore success on Merseyside – it’s just going to take a little bit of patience from the Anfield support is all, and a good ol’ injection of faith to match!