With the extension of contracts of Juergen Klopp and his men, the Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have secured the vital need that Anfield has yearned since Rafa Benitez’s departure :Long term vision and stability. Having witnessed the results that unfolded in the last eight months, those in charge have been convinced by Klopp’s ability to hand over to him the Club’s future for a significant amount of time. Seven years is a long time in Football and more so in the English Premier League. Apart from the phenomenal reign of Arsene Wenger, only Steve Bruce and Mark Hughes come next with tenures of more than 4 years and 3 years respectively. The Merseyside club see him as the perfect foil in their vision of developing youth and unearthing stars of tomorrow than splurging out for the champions of today. A move, if failed, could have significant ramifications for the club hierarchy.
The Promise has been made, will the Dream live on?
The Reds have seen year after their stars move to greener pastures. If the vision that the club and their manager has leads to a similar result, Klopp is bound to draw ire of the Kop.
A Belief in Youth and a vision for the future
When Klopp had arrived in October of 2015, he had made his stance on transfer policy very clear. With the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Arsenal and Manchester United outmuscling them to secure the signatures of Global superstars, a change of approach was paramount.Where Brendan Rodgers failed, Klopp has excelled via his time with Borussia Dortmund. With the likes of Mario Gotze, Nuri Sahin and Robert Lewandowski among others deciding to leave Signal Iduna Park for bigger clubs to secure more trophies, he knows how to manage the void left by such impact players. Though the chances of the youngsters leaving looks unlikely this year, the Sterling saga and Suarez’s departure have taught some very tough lessons to the LFC Board. With the signings of Marko Grujic from Red Star Belgrade,Liverpool have continued their faith in young, unproven talent. With acquiring the services of Joel Matip on a free transfer from Schalke, the Board have made a smart but in many years. And with the arrival of Sadio Mane from Southampton, they have splurged big money on a player that finally suits their playing style. The lessons, it seems, have been learnt. However, the inability to secure Ben Chilwell’s signature from Leicester and Piotr Zielinski from Udinese have again highlighted their failings in getting business done. The case of Alex Teixeira should be worth remembering. Ian Ayre must ensure that similar gaffes are not repeated, especially considering the relatively small figures involved in the wrangling between Reds and the two clubs. The signings should be wrapped up before Liverpool jet off for their tour to United States to continue their preparations for the preseason.
Securing the future of Club’s stars
With the arrival of fresh talent, the Red’s mustn’t forget their failings in dealing with the futures of the Club’s fulcrums. With continuously winning Liverpool’s Player of the year for the third time, Philippe Coutinho’s importance to the team cannot be undermined. A new lucrative deal should be on the table considering the impact he has had on the club and also to reward his loyalty to the club. With his National team captain Neymar having stated the desire the “Little Brazilian” at Camp Nou, it’s only a matter of time before the Barcelona executives decide to go for him. The club must hold on to him and a new contract along with strong performance in the Premier League would go a long way in convincing him to do so. The likes of Jordan Henderson and Emre Can too need to be tied down so that Klopp has the option of planning his vision for the future smoothly. With Daniel Sturridge finally seeming to have put his injury problems behind him, the club finally has World-class firepower in the attacking department.
The commitment of Juergen Klopp is a welcome sign for the Reds’ supporters after years of underachievement. This maybe start of a new era, one which may end up very glorious indeed.