Jurgen Klopp has arrived at Anfield with the clear intention of taking Liverpool back to the pinnacle of European football. Whether that is realistically achievable or not is another matter entirely, but the arrival of the German enigma emanates such excitement, he could be riding the crest of a wave until May.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss takes over a side struggling to get into full flow, despite significant invest over the past two years. Granted, Brendan Rodgers was working under different transfer circumstances than the German will be – as Klopp revealed he had full control the aspect, whereas Rodgers was a mere part of the dreaded transfer committee.
However, the side remains unbalanced. A lack of natural wide options, some mediocre defenders and still an over reliance on Daniel Sturridge, despite him being injured pretty much 24/7. The jewel in the crown is perceived to be Brazil attacker Philippe Coutinho. But Klopp should sell him.
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The 24-year old has been linked with a move to Barcelona. Rather typically perhaps, a talented Latin-American forward performs well on these shores, dazzles against the lesser teams and his suddenly propelled in to a mega money move to one of the Spanish giants. It’s all becoming a bit cliché.
Clearly, the player is nowhere near the class of former teammate Luis Suarez, who forms arguably the greatest front three in world football at the Camp Nou along with Neymar and Lionel Messi.
A great player no doubt, but the potential funds received for the former Inter Milan starlet would likely go along way into funding Klopp’s dynasty.
The decision to go with ex-Dortmund tactician suggests the club are ready for a complete revamp from top to bottom. With gun-for-hire Carlo Ancelotti available, the Merseyside outfit decided to go with a man who had taken Dortmund from the doldrums to two Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final, crafting his own ‘heavy metal’ outfit.
Coutinho is a gem of a player, who has grown in stature since arriving in 2013. However, the Reds are well stocked in the attacking midfield berth with Adam Lallana and £29m Roberto Firmino. In fact, Klopp has praised former Hoffenheim man Firmino previously, speaking of his ‘respect’ for the Brazilian.
A front two of Daniel Sturridge and Christian Benteke is extremely dangerous, and the thought of an invigorated Firmino/Lallana behind them is mouth-watering. It is behind that three where things get difficult. Perhaps Coutinho offers a better option, but his omission from the side could help provide balance.
After the departures of Raheem Sterling and Lazar Markovic, the only out and out winger available is Jordon Ibe. The defence is still a mess and an improvement on Simon Mignolet is likely to be required should the Reds wish to challenge at a higher level.
This is not a case of Coutinho outgrowing Liverpool, ala Luis Suarez, rather a sacrifice that makes financial sense. The Reds could live without him, and build the foundations of a new team under the tutelage of a great tactician.
— Titanbet (@TitanBet) September 30, 2015