Big game for us vs Augsburg. A chance for Klopp to go back to Germany with his new club. I think it is a chance for Liverpool to make a great advert of themselves to players in the Bundesliga about the Klopp revolution at Anfield. We’ve already signed Matip, and we have Emre Can who has been a vital cog in the Klopp machine. I feel that a good display in Germany this week is another key piece of our recruitment of top players from Germany. One would think that the players there are familiar with Klopp and his style, but is that enough? Looking at where we are in the table won’t help, and this game being in Europa won’t either. But we bring an exciting, pressing, balls to the wall attacking play that Klopp can say we are developing, come and join it and I think it’ll be huge for us come summer. So I hope we put out a strong line-up that players there will see and want to come play with.
Speaking of transfers, there is a dynamic of this new TV money that I haven’t seen talked about much. Maybe its because we don’t quite know how it’ll play out. But I don’t foresee it ‘making the English clubs wealthy’ as much as others do. We will have more money to begin with, and it could bring it better players. But will that be enough? I think players are clearly going to want astronomical wages coming to England. But if they don’t make the grade, how will a club unload them except to another premier league club with a huge wage packet? Also I feel England as a whole will improve (which is drastically needed considering the recent dip in Europe the last few years), but we need to remember that ALL of the PL will have more money. I’ve recently heard that Stoke has more purchasing power than all but about 4-5 clubs in Europe outside of England. Don’t know if that is true, but it will be soon. It is going to be a regular meat market in England and might be even more topsy-turvy then the table is this year. Another thing that is going to happen is that there will be an ‘English premium’ put on transfers. We already saw it with the January window when the player wanted to come to LFC but went to China instead because they paid a few million more than our offer, but the selling club wanted 20 million more from us. It is going to cause a huge trickle down effect through the rest of Europe. So while I foresee England starting off with money, that money is going to change hands throughout Europe and end up enriching clubs elsewhere, especially those that develop youth.
The Champions League is on right now and I’m watching Roma/Real. Not sure if Real has what it takes, but then who does with the way Barca are playing? I’m sad like all that we don’t have Suarez anymore, but I love watching him excel at Barca. I used to hate Barca with all the divers (Busquets, Alves, etc) but they are just a joy to watch now. And it is fantastic to see Suarez leading the way for them, a true lethal weapon with the ball. I would be very happy to see them be the first team to repeat as CL Champs. One prediction if they do, I see Neymar coming to England on a ridiculous money move. They have been great with the way MSN have been so unselfish. But the way the season is going I see more plaudits going to Suarez than Neymar, and I think that’s going to make him look elsewhere. There was even a hint of such discontent already this weekend when he said the penalty kick was meant for him. If he goes to a PL competitor, I hope he gets crucified in the press for his diving.
Speaking of clubs I’d be okay with winning CL, I wouldn’t mind Bayern. I love Muller and think he’s a fantastic player who is often underrated and overlooked. But the real reason I would is to see Xabi Alonso win the CL with a third team. That’d be special. I just don’t think it’ll happen, and honestly I don’t want Pep to win because I think as good as he is, his reputation is inflated. I think he’s going to be exposed a little when he comes to City next year. He will find it a lot tougher competing in a league that has more than 3 teams fighting at the top, with all the different playing styles, and even more so when teams don’t give up being down 2-0 like they do in most of the rest of Europe. Have fun with that aging team Pep.