Jurgen Klopp is keen to build his second great Liverpool side
Back in April 2022, Jurgen Klopp put pen to paper and extended his deal with Liverpool until 2026 (Transfermarkt). Last season was extremely successful for the Reds both domestically and on the continent. Taking the league fight to the last day, reaching the finals of the UEFA Champions League in addition to winning FA Cup and League Cup trophies is a top-class feat.
Liverpool played all possible games last season and that is surely taking a toll on the players now. Fatigue, maybe a loss in concentration and the age factor all are having an effect on the Reds now. They seem like a shadow of themselves from last season and Klopp is the only one who could take control and manage the transitioning phase now.
Speaking on Michael Calvin’s Football People podcast, the German talked about how important it was for him to be in charge when the club is in a phase of transition as continuity is something which could help give the stability while club goes through a number of changes in terms of personnel.
Here is what he said on the podcast on why he signed the extension and spoke about the transition as well:
“It was one of the main reasons why I signed a new contract, because I knew it’s necessary,”
“It will not go overnight.”
“But transition needs time if you don’t have endless money, otherwise you can change overnight pretty much, bringing in 10 players.”
Transitioning Times at Liverpool
Klopp and his style of management heavily depend on developing players from scratch and developing them into world-class performers instead of buying the finished product. However, in transition, that model of approach will not reap any great benefits.
The club will certainly need an experienced campaigner who could play in the long-term as well and that is why a small modification in the approach would be the best thing for Klopp to do, but who are we to tell him who has won so much with Liverpool.
One of the key reasons why Klopp is the right person to manage this transitioning phase at Liverpool is his long-term thinking. He is not the type of manager who is looking for short-term success at the expense of long-term stability.
Instead, he is always thinking about how to build a team that can compete at the highest level for years to come. This is evident in the way he has developed young players like Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, and Mohamed Salah into key contributors to the team.
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While it may be frustrating to see Liverpool’s current form, Jurgen Klopp at the helm, fans can be assured that the club is in good hands. Hopefully, the German works his magic and we turn around our fortunes.
Klopp is a master at building a strong team culture, which is crucial during a transitional phase. He has a unique ability to create a sense of unity and togetherness among his players, which has helped Liverpool to achieve great things as a team, and there is no reason to think he will not do it again.