It has been a solid start to Jürgen Klopp’s Liverpool reign. The Reds are still undefeated after five games, the latest of which saw them go to Stamford Bridge and claim a 3-1 victory over Jose Mourinho’s struggling Chelsea.
The most encouraging thing for Liverpool fans is that performances have steadily improved week after week. If Klopp can carry Liverpool to within six points off the top by the new year, then Liverpool will be in the exact same position they were in on January 1st 2014, when they mounted a title charge.
The Reds are currently eight points off the top of the table, so it’s not beyond the realms of possibility. However, Klopp will have one, if not two eyes on the upcoming January transfer window.
Thus far the German has improvised with an injury-plagued squad, and at full strength his team is far from the best in the league. Therefore Klopp’s promising start should not be underestimated.
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If teams doubt Liverpool’s ability to contribute to this season’s title race now, then they won’t when Klopp recruits the likes of Ruben Neves, Robert Lewandowski and Marco Reus, as is rumoured to be the case. The German has made the most fragile defence in the league impenetrable and the Liverpool attack is finally taking shape, with one or two upgrades, Klopp and Liverpool could be laughing all the way to the top of the league.
Many will argue that these rumours are in fact just rumours and won’t come to fruition, however rest assured Klopp will sign players in January, and who can argue with his track record in recruitment.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has asked the Liverpool faithful to be patient, as The Reds begin yet another rebuilding job, although on the face of it, building itself isn’t in bad shape at all. Liverpool have a more than good chance of winning a trophy this season, and much like there 2014 campaign, the league’s former champions have fallen down the league, potentially allowing Liverpool to take their place.
Far now the target remains the same for Klopp and Liverpool, to integrate new ideas and pick victories along the way. The German’s arrival has undoubtedly made Liverpool an appealing club to play for, therefore come January; The Reds may not see their ambitious targets slip through their fingers as they often did under Brendan Rodgers. If or else fails, they can always give Steven Gerrard a ring in LA, perhaps the Anfield hero could add some steel to Liverpool’s midfield.
The new Liverpool project has just got started, but like his predecessor, Klopp will be judged by the players he brings in as well as his performance in the league.