It’s coming to the end of the season with an exciting final showdown for the top4 fight. If we win we’re in, if we draw or lose, we’re pretty much out. It’s going to be almost a miracle but 3rd place is also on the cards for us. Contrast this to last season’s league ending, I’d say there’s definitely improvement but we were in 2 cup finals last year as well, whereas this year our cup performance leaves us another year without a trophy.
If we finish with a CL spot, I think most fans will count this season as job done. First step to building a good team is to offer football on the highest stage. There’s no doubt in my mind, that if we make it, then Klopp will spend money to strengthen the squad. Injuries and losing Mane to Afcon left us dwindling in January and the results showed. Until the new year we were looking at a potential fight for the title and I can’t help but feel that if Mane didn’t go to Afcon and Matip, Lovren, Henderson, Can, Lallana, Coutinho, Sturridge and Mane stayed fit till the end of the season then we’d be up there with Chelsea especially, given the favourable fixture run in. That’s an impressive list of 8 players, first 11 players that’s suffered spells on the sidelines. Many focus on Mane but Coutinho was out for a long while, so was Sturridge. Firmino was also injured for a few games.
A depleted first 11 and relying on youngsters to fill spots on the bench tells the tale of what’s been the issue in the second half of the season. Not so much the tactics nor the inability to win against smaller sides or break them down as is commonly said. Look at how defensive teams play against us, even with a depleted squad! This is what Klopp has brought us. Formidability without spending alot and dealing with a small squad.
For me, he doesn’t get nearly enough credit for that. Look at how many players he’s brought in? Matip, Mane and Wijnaldum but he’s taken what was there and made it so much better. Fans need to realize how well Klopp is doing all the while, the competition in the PL couldn’t be any higher. Pep at City, Conte at Chelsea, Mourinho at Utd, Koeman at Everton, the emergence of Spurs, West Ham at the new stadium and other up n coming teams strengthening teams with good quality players with the amount of money in the game.
I hope he can continue in this fashion of progress and add a trophy to cabinet next year. In the meantime, I’m looking forward to a win at Boro! YNWA