After experiencing a truly exhilarating 3-1 away victory at Stamford Bridge last weekend, Liverpool fans finally have something to smile about at the moment. It was a game in which several Reds players impressed, with Jose Mourinho’s side looking increasingly unsure of themselves eleven games into the season.
Before Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Anfield last month, the Merseysiders arguably went down as one of the biggest laughing stocks of the entire Premier League, except for the aforementioned Chelsea of course!
Brendan Rodgers had failed to implement a great deal of balance or cohesion among the Liverpool starting XI, several key players have been struck down with frustrating injuries already this term – and as for the amount of money wasted on ill-fated transfers during the Rodgers reign at Anfield – perhaps the least said about that, the better.
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Either way, Liverpool are currently showing a great deal more togetherness and team spirit under the enigmatic Jurgen Klopp, as has been shown through the German’s undefeated record so far this season.
Admittedly the 2015/16 campaign has only just got underway, but the signs look a lot more promising for the Reds at this stage in the proceedings.
As a handful of significant first teamers happen to be side-lined through injury at the moment, perhaps keeping Reds fans’ expectations afloat this year may prove a task much easier said than done. The Merseysiders simply don’t possess the strongest midfield combination we’ve ever seen among the English top-flight – especially with players like Jordan Henderson currently unavailable for selection.
Klopp will also face problems up-top this season, despite his decision to play without a recognised striker working relatively well against Chelsea last weekend. Such a bold tactic won’t prove successful for long, thought, and even with Christian Benteke establishing himself back among the his manager’s starting XI, Liverpool will seemingly always look short of scoring goals without a certain Daniel Sturridge fit and firing.
However, although Brendan Rodgers may have left the Reds’ squad in somewhat disjointed form upon departing the gates of Anfield, a coach of Jurgen Klopp’s glowing reputation should surely be able to get more out of the current squad at Anfield, than his predecessor ever quite managed. The likes of Adam Lallana, Jordan Ibe and Roberto Firmino could well blossom under the newly installed German – whose distinct composure behind the scenes will likely create a much better atmosphere for the flair players to thrive on.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has also addressed Liverpool’s defensive woes rather dramatically, as his side look a great deal more dependable at the back than the Anfield faithful have witnessed in a long time. The team have developed a real sense of organisation amongst themselves, proving harder to break down and more purposeful with the ball at their feet in many a season.
The current crop of Liverpool stars simply seem to be displaying a great deal more respect and admiration towards their new manager, which can only signal positive signs for the club out on the pitch. Each player looks to be working as a collective unit for a change, leaving individual egos and warped agendas behind them as they work their problems out together as a team.
Yes, the Reds obviously have a long way to go – and one single win certainly doesn’t mean a great deal within the grand scheme of things, especially given the notorious ‘honey-moon period’ many top-flight managers seem to enjoy – but Liverpool fans can nonetheless feel assured that their club are at least heading in the right direction for once.
The rest of the current season will ultimately remain a transitional one for Klopp as he adjusts to his new surroundings in the Premier League and gets to know each of his players inside out. But once the German tactician is given a chance to build his own squad via the January/summer transfer windows – and perhaps even involve a little bit of good old fashioned youth development at Anfield – the future remains bright for Liverpool.