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Jurgen Klopp on life in lockdown: "I didn't learn a lot in lockdown, other than Gary Neville has an opinion about absolutely everything. It is incredible."

It was after he got off the phone to Fyds

I love this man so much, a joy to watch his interview tonight. He’s an incredible person and what he’s done at our club in his time here is hard to believe. It was always going to take someone special

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On 15/08/2020 at 15:44, Chewie said:

just great every now and then watching this.. 

 

 

I can't get over how awesome he is and has been from day 1. He's everything I ever wanted in a Liverpool manager and didn't truly realise. 

He plays the most modern football, he wants to play good attacking football, his players love him, he understands the culture of the fans and connects with that, he's left wing politically, humble, funny, amazingly perceptive in all areas of life and football, has managed to create the strongest mentality in football whilst being fully aware that there are more important things in life. He is humane in ways most of football doesn't understand. He's devoted to his players and sees it as his job to develop them and find a place for them rather than replaceable pieces in the quest to win stuff. He believes in the power of training in ways few others do. He works so well with the suits and manages to inspire even those f***ers to be the best they can be. And somehow, impossibly, he makes it all come together to make us quite possibly the best team in the world. 

His flaws are so miniscule it's almost petty to think of. Maybe he believes too much in and is too patient with some players. But only a few. I can't think of anything else right now. 

I don't think we'll ever get a manager who comes near him. It's gonna be hard to when he goes. 

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46 minutes ago, Kid Klopp said:

I can't get over how awesome he is and has been from day 1. He's everything I ever wanted in a Liverpool manager and didn't truly realise. 

He plays the most modern football, he wants to play good attacking football, his players love him, he understands the culture of the fans and connects with that, he's left wing politically, humble, funny, amazingly perceptive in all areas of life and football, has managed to create the strongest mentality in football whilst being fully aware that there are more important things in life. He is humane in ways most of football doesn't understand. He's devoted to his players and sees it as his job to develop them and find a place for them rather than replaceable pieces in the quest to win stuff. He believes in the power of training in ways few others do. He works so well with the suits and manages to inspire even those f***ers to be the best they can be. And somehow, impossibly, he makes it all come together to make us quite possibly the best team in the world. 

His flaws are so miniscule it's almost petty to think of. Maybe he believes too much in and is too patient with some players. But only a few. I can't think of anything else right now. 

I don't think we'll ever get a manager who comes near him. It's gonna be hard to when he goes. 

Someone's got Daddy issues.... 

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On 01/09/2020 at 09:10, Cam said:

Someone's got Daddy issues.... 

I imagine Kid Klopp has got one room at home dedicated as a shrine to Jurgen with the walls and ceiling plastered in pictures of him, like Alan Partridge's super fan.

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It’s a tale that says much about the kind of culture Jurgen Klopp has created at Liverpool.

On the night the club’s 30-year wait to be crowned champions came to an end in June and the party was in full swing, captain Jordan Henderson and vice-captain James Milner were overheard speaking to members of the backroom staff about the future.

“Hendo and Millie were already talking about the following season and the need to ensure that everyone showed the same levels of hunger and fight,” a senior Melwood source tells The Athletic.

“When you achieve something so big, there’s always a danger that people will ease off a bit, but they won’t allow anyone to rest on their laurels. They want to ensure we build on this. Everyone does. The message has been clear right from that night all the way through pre-season — the mentality that got us here has to stay the same.”

Winning a title is tough. Retaining one is even more difficult. Only Manchester City two years ago have done it since Manchester United in 2008-09 and Pep Guardiola’s side needed 98 points to hold off Liverpool by a point.

The bookmakers have City as narrow favourites this season. Maybe that’s down to Liverpool’s lack of transfer activity and the fact that their form did dip post-lockdown — they lost two and drew two of those final nine games. But in their defence, the title race had long since been settled by then. The gap was an eye-watering 25 points at one stage before ultimately being trimmed back to a final margin of 18.

Henderson is a big fan of the Netflix documentary series The Last Dance, which charts the 1990s NBA dominance of the Chicago Bulls, who won six titles in eight seasons. A man who has lifted the European Cup, UEFA Super Cup, Club World Cup and Premier League trophies over the past 15 months isn’t interested in basking in the glory of what this Liverpool side have already achieved. “You’ve always got to focus on what’s in front of you,” Henderson says. “It’s about improving. It’s about being better and you can’t have any limits on that. I feel there’s still a lot more to come.”

Milner adds: “I think how good we’ve been over the last two seasons has been incredible, but if we stay at that same level it won’t be good enough. We have a target on our backs and they’re going to want to knock us off the top.”

Klopp certainly won’t change Liverpool’s approach. Both publicly with the media and privately with his players, he has talked about how they will “not try to defend the title — we’ll attack it”.

Given the fact that Liverpool handled the tag of being champions of Europe en route to collecting 99 points in 2019-20, the manager doesn’t subscribe to the idea that opponents are going to be extra motivated against them. “I didn’t see a team last season who didn’t want to beat us with all they had,” he says. “We have to be full of desire again. We have to show how much it means to us.”

What would undoubtedly help Liverpool psychologically is the sight of supporters being allowed back into Anfield. They struggled to play with their trademark intensity in the behind-closed-doors games.

This team may have ended the club’s long title-drought but the pandemic has cruelly denied them the ticker tape victory parade around the city and the chance to truly share the moment with the fans. That’s another source of inspiration among the players as they set out on the path to retain their crown.

Kop legend Ian Rush was a member of the last Liverpool team to win successive top-flight titles. They in fact got three in a row under Bob Paisley and Joe Fagan from 1982-84.

“Winning the title is the easy bit. The hardest thing is retaining it,” Rush tells The Athletic. “Over the previous two seasons, Man City were the team to beat but now it’s Liverpool. They have raised the bar even higher with the standards they have set. Everyone will want to beat Liverpool this season. I loved that feeling as a player, where every game felt so big. It meant you were doing well.

“The mindset has to be that you start all over again. Last season counts for nothing now. You have to prove that you’re still the best around. Having success makes you want more of it. Truly great teams keep on winning trophies.”

While Rush is among the last Liverpool players to achieve what the class of 2020 are striving to do, it is a challenge Klopp has faced and conquered before, winning the Bundesliga title as Borussia Dortmund coach in 2011 and 2012.

Rush sees parallels with the environment Klopp has created now and the one he was part of during Liverpool’s glory years. “When we won the title, (assistant coach) Ronnie Moran always used to say to us, ‘Take a medal if you think you deserve one but just remember pre-season starts in six weeks’,” he adds. “No one ever got too carried away, no one got too big for their boots. Coaches like Ronnie and Joe Fagan wouldn’t allow it. We were winners but also humble.

“I see the same now with Jurgen, his coaches and the senior players. There’s a great spirit and unity between them. I can’t see them losing focus.”

That culture owes much to what Klopp has built and what he has built owes much to what he has learnt.

When Klopp’s Borussia Dortmund embarked on their first-ever Champions League campaign in the autumn of 2011, a source close to the club privately admitted that qualification for the last 16 was less of a priority for them than winning the Bundesliga for a second consecutive time.

It sounded like a hopelessly optimistic point of view then. Dortmund had won the previous championship in sensational underdog fashion, playing a novel pressing game that had bedazzled the league and left heavyweights such as Bayer Leverkusen and Bayern Munich behind as hapless also-rans. But this really wasn’t the sort of storyline that lent itself to repetition.

On the contrary, it smacked of a wildly romantic one-off, just like the surprise league wins of Stuttgart (2006-07) and Wolfsburg (2008-09) in previous years. Almost no one gave them a serious chance of defending their title before the new campaign. Their starting position simply felt too weak to consider them serious contenders for a second upset.

After emerging from a financial crisis verging on bankruptcy half a decade earlier, Dortmund were still being run on the fraction of their rivals’ budgets. They had also lost hugely-influential playmaker Nuri Sahin (to Real Madrid) in the summer.

Bayern reacted to the ignominy of losing out on a third championship in four years with big-name, big-money investments into their back line — Manuel Neuer, Jerome Boateng and Brazilian right-back Rafinha all arrived to address new coach Jupp Heynckes’ defensive concerns — Dortmund had to spend their receipts on a couple of cheap hopefuls: Nuremberg midfielder Ilkay Gundogan and Croatian winger Ivan Perisic of Club Bruges.

Within a few weeks of the new season, a replenished Bayern were five points clear at the top while Klopp’s Dortmund found their inexperience brutally exposed in Europe. “We played the way we did in the Bundesliga but the level was beyond compare. Every mistake was punished,” CEO Hans-Joachim Watzke said. “We pressed really high; that didn’t work. Every game was the same. We created good chances but lost.” The centre-back pairing of Neven Subotic and Mats Hummels, both 22, looked far too green for the task.

Dortmund finished the group stage bottom, behind Arsenal, Marseille and Olympiakos, having lost four of their six games and drawn another. But their domestic season turned with a 1-0 away win at Bayern in mid November. The team’s pressing game was so on-point and just as importantly, still so fresh and unusual, that no one could come up with any counter-measures.

They suffocated opponents, going on a rampage of 28 unbeaten games to win the Bundesliga once more.

Klopp lifts the 2012 title – by 2015, he had gone (Photo: Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

At the very height of their powers, they then humiliated Bayern in the German cup final, a triumphant 5-2 win that had newspapers earnestly proclaiming” a power-shift” in domestic football.

But instead, that night in Berlin marked rather an end of sorts. Dortmund did go on to contest the Champions League final in the following season, losing to Bayern, but never came remotely close to such perfection again domestically.

The red empire of Bavaria struck back by investing heavily into their squad, copying key components of Klopp’s innovative ways and lastly striking at the very heart of Klopp’s side, luring Mario Gotze (in 2013) and then Robert Lewandowski (in 2014) from their rivals.

Financially, Dortmund were in no position to halt this onslaught. Klopp’s pressing and counter-pressing system had also been widely adopted throughout the league and partially blunted by smaller sides sitting deep in their own half. Each season, Dortmund lost some of their explosive edge. A lack of footballing progress beyond the novelty factor from 2010-12 turned into downright regression.

By 2015-16, the back-to-back champions were all but gone as a team. Along with the coach who had led them.

Liverpool are still counting the cost of the COVID-19 pandemic but The Athletic understands that the overall hit to club revenues as a result of the crisis is now projected to exceed the £100 million mark.

“It’s a moving target, especially with what happened this week with the government reviewing plans to start letting fans back into grounds again, but it’s going to be into nine figures,” explained one senior source familiar with the balance sheet. “There’s still no clarity on exactly when match-day revenues will recover and that’s the revenue stream that’s taken the biggest hit.

“It’s not just the tickets. It’s everything that goes with having 54,000 inside Anfield every week. It’s the hospitality; not only inside Anfield but off site, too.”

Given that financial climate, it’s hardly surprising that it’s been such a quiet transfer window for the champions so far.

Having sold Dejan Lovren to Russia’s Zenit Saint Petersburg for £10.9 million and Ovie Ejaria to Reading of the Championship for £3.5 million, Klopp has only brought in left-back Kostas Tsimikas, who cost £11.75 million from Greek club Olympiakos.

Liverpool’s inactivity has been a major talking point, especially given the cash splashed by the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City, Tottenham Hotspur, Manchester United — and neighbours Everton. “Certain clubs are betting on the future. They are gambling on when revenues will recover,” the source adds. “Some absolutely need to invest if they are going to compete. Others don’t need to do that.”

Liverpool’s annual revenues have rocketed past £500 million in recent years but so have outgoings, such as their wage bill. US-based owner Fenway Sports Group (FSG) has stuck to its policy of trying to balance the books while others throw caution to the wind.

“Clubs are in different situations,” Klopp told BBC Sport this week. “We live in a world at the moment with a lot of uncertainty. For some clubs, it seems to be less important how uncertain the future is — owned by countries, owned by oligarchs. That’s the truth.

“We’re a different kind of club. We got to the Champions League final two years ago, we won it last year, and became Premier League champions last season by being the club we are, by being led the way we are led. We cannot just change it overnight and say, ‘So, now we want to behave like Chelsea, now we want to behave like them’. It’s not possible.

“They all have their own way. We stay calm and try to always make the right decisions. That could mean we keep the same group or it could mean we try to improve on one or two positions. We have to wait a little bit.”

Liverpool expect there to be better value available in the market towards the back-end of the window, which closes on October 5. They also need to generate funds by offloading fringe players such as Harry Wilson, Marko Grujic and Loris Karius.

They are even prepared to listen to offers in excess of £25 million for talented teenage striker Rhian Brewster, providing a buyback clause is included as part of the deal. No such bid has been tabled so far but around a dozen clubs have registered their interest in taking Brewster on loan after he did well in helping Swansea City to last season’s Championship play-offs.

Klopp and Brewster compare their muscles during a lighthearted moment in pre-season (Getty Images)

Signing a centre-back to replace Lovren and a wide attacker to ease the burden on Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah are the two main priorities. Relegated Watford’s winger Ismaila Sarr is on the radar but the current £40 million asking price is prohibitive.

There is also the Thiago Alcantara saga to resolve. The bid Bayern expected from Liverpool for the Spain midfielder still hasn’t been forthcoming. It would be a signing out of keeping with the club’s transfer policy given his age (29) and the kind of salary he would command but there’s no doubting his calibre.

Will Barcelona make the kind of offer for Georginio Wijnaldum which convinces Klopp to wave goodbye to the Dutchman? Wijnaldum will be a free agent next summer. The season kicks off with much still to sort out.

Liverpool greats turned pundits Graeme Souness and Jamie Carragher have been among those warning of the danger of failing to buy from a position of strength this summer. Liverpool haven’t made a major signing since they snapped up Alisson for £65 million from Roma in July 2018. Can a squad that collected 97 and then 99 Premier League points over the past two seasons really hit those kinds of heights again without an injection of real quality to freshen things up?

Rush, the club’s record goalscorer, thinks they can. “It’s actually difficult to improve this squad,” Rush tells The Athletic. “There’s no point buying just for the sake of it, especially with the situation at the moment.

“If you go out and buy two, three, four players, it could take a year or two for them to gel. You can’t underestimate the value of having stability and a settled team. We’ve also got some excellent young players coming through from the academy.

“I’m not worried about the lack of signings; I’m excited about this season. Other clubs simply had to spend this summer because they were so far behind. It doesn’t mean it will instantly click for them.”

Klopp has a close relationship with FSG president Mike Gordon and has been kept up to speed with the club’s financial position throughout the pandemic.

When he walked into Anfield almost five years ago, Klopp talked about “preferring training to transfers” and if he’s frustrated by the lack of business so far this summer, he’s hidden it well.

“We always want to improve the squad but there are different ways,” he says. “One way is to sign new players, the other way is to work together, improve the things you’re good at and try to nullify things you’re not so good at.

“That will probably be an advantage for us. We’ve worked quite a while with each other but I know people don’t want to hear that. We did it last year pretty much that way.”

Liverpool are so infinitely better-placed to defend their title in 2020 than Dortmund were in 2011 as to render most straight comparisons meaningless. For all that they may not have the financial might of their rivals this summer, no key player has left Anfield, as much of the proceeds of recent success have been wisely reinvested into the wage bill.

Whereas Dortmund spent each summer fending off suitors for their best players, struggling and ultimately failing to keep the band together, none of Liverpool’s superstars have even been the subject of a juicy transfer rumour in recent years.

But it’s not just their inherent strength that distinguishes them from Klopp’s Dortmund side a decade ago. It’s also the strength and sheer number of their adversaries.

Manchester City, for all their flaws, must still be considered one of the best teams in Europe. Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal all look stronger than last season, too. Dortmund’s second, exhilarating league title in a decent but not terribly brilliant Bundesliga offers few lessons this September, especially once you realise this is already Liverpool’s third year at elite level, having won the Champions League and then amassed 99 points in the league before lifting the Premier League trophy in July.

Guardiola’s City have strengthened significantly while Klopp’s Liverpool have added only one first-team player (Photo: Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)

The question then doesn’t so much come down to repeating Dortmund’s repeat but to keeping up Liverpool’s present levels of near-perfect excellence for yet another season: significantly longer than Klopp was able to do at Signal Iduna Park.

There is plenty to suggest he will succeed in doing so.

Crucially, Liverpool’s trophies haven’t been won by employing those somewhat one-dimensional tactics from the start of the last decade but a much more refined version of them, taking in the specific demands of the Premier League as well as this current’s team’s huge improvement in possession.

Liverpool are no longer reliant on setting off bombs in the opposition ranks through an incessant press. They can play their own game now. It’s still loud but more consistently so. Klopp’s much cited heavy-metal style has long evolved into a slower, more hypnotic soundtrack of continuous precision beats that deliver deeply-felt elation at the end of a long night rather than the helter-skelter of hands-in-the-air moments mixed with some really dud tunes that played out between 2015-2018.

Chaos has been replaced with control: a more sustainable, reliable way of getting results, with each positive scoreline breeding more confidence for the next one. His Dortmund, hampered by tiring legs and snipers taking out their best men, never got quite this far.

Nineteen years into his coaching career, Klopp is in charge of a team of serial winners for the first time.

Security was tight last month at the plush Hotel Gut Brandlhof, close to the picturesque Austrian town of Saalfelden. Liverpool’s 10-day training camp in a COVID-19 bubble there differed from their usual pre-season trips: more rules, less freedom for the players.

Restrictions meant that team-bonding trips outside the hotel were off the agenda. Klopp likes to bring in motivational speakers, such as German surfer Sebastian Steudtner, to address his squad but that wasn’t possible this time around.

New signing Tsimikas was spared the prospect of being handed a microphone and taking centre-stage for his initiation song in front of his team-mates as there was no traditional BBQ and karaoke night. “It was basically: eat, sleep and train,” one first-team regular tells The Athletic.

Some got together in communal areas to watch the Champions League and Europa League knockout games after dinner in the evenings while others retired to their rooms. What didn’t change this summer was the intensity of the training schedule. The double sessions were so gruelling, most opted for a siesta after lunch before cycling back down to the pitches for more punishment.

Liverpool had been forced to change their plans at the 11th hour. Klopp had wanted to return to familiar haunt Evian but those hopes were dashed after France was added to the UK’s quarantine list.

“In the circumstances, it was a really good camp in Austria,” one staff member tells The Athletic. “It wasn’t quite on the same level as Evian but not far off in terms of the set-up and the facilities. With a pool and a big indoor gym, it had everything the boys needed. Obviously, being in the bubble and being tested twice a week meant we couldn’t get out and about like we normally would on those trips.”

Away from training, there was a competitive edge in the hotel’s games room. A table tennis tournament involving players and staff was won by the doubles combination of Salah and Mane. They beat fitness coaches Tom King and Dave Rydings in the final. Basketball fanatics Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez had a hoop to practise their free throws, while others did battle on the PlayStation.

Klopp lost Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain to a knee injury but Henderson and Joel Matip both returned to fitness over the course of pre-season after missing the final stages of 2019-20.

A comfortable 3-0 victory over Stuttgart was followed by a 2-2 draw with Red Bull Salzburg at the end of their time in Austri  before Liverpool returned to the UK and lost the Community Shield on penalties to Arsenal. Blackpool were then thrashed 7-2 at Anfield in the final warm-up game last weekend. Klopp’s men had to rally though after a dismal first-half display against the League One outfit saw them go 2-0 down.

Liverpool’s attacking play has largely lacked tempo and rhythm, while defensively, basic errors have cost them goals but history suggests that the friendlies offer little insight into what’s to come.

After all a year ago, Liverpool were hammered 3-0 by Napoli in a friendly and also lost the Community Shield in a shootout before embarking on their record-breaking campaign. “The training sessions have been outstanding and I’ve liked parts of the games,” says Klopp. “We train really hard, so then the (friendly) games don’t look so well but in general, it was a really good pre-season.”

Naby Keita and Takumi Minamino have been the pick of the bunch in pre-season and both look ready to take on more responsibility in 2020-21. The same goes for homegrown teenager Curtis Jones. When Klopp talked about “looking within for solutions” when he warned that it would be a quiet summer in the transfer market, those three were in his thoughts.

“There are so many players who can change their role and push the others as well,” he adds. “The solution isn’t always out there in other clubs. There are so many things in our game that we can improve further.”

Klopp’s players were given three weeks off at the end of last season before embarking on a four-week pre-season, which was interrupted by the recent rounds of international fixtures. The fact the club’s South American and African contingents were able to stay at Melwood during the break should benefit Liverpool.

Physically, they should be ready.

The strength of Liverpool’s squad is a privilege Klopp will cherish and do his utmost to perpetuate. Aside from working just as hard on the details with his staff — the thousands of little things that add up over a season — the 53-year-old will once more emphasise the most important mantra of his coaching philosophy: the next match isn’t the most important thing; it’s the only thing.

After the 2019 Champions League final, he had made a point of not parading the trophy at Anfield at the beginning of the new season. That trophy belonged to the past.

One of the reasons why Klopp was such a good fit at the fraught, angst-ridden place that was Anfield in 2015 is that he’s made it his business to coach outside of history, guiding his players to blank out what went on before and stopping them looking towards the future, too. “We learnt to be completely in the moment, to think only from game to game,” former Dortmund midfielder Sven Bender explained about the trance-like sense of forward momentum his side experienced in those heady years.

Klopp manages his players to play in the here and now because that’s who he is himself. Countless friends and former players have testified to his ability to shrug off traumatic defeats — his career is littered with them — and it’s no different with victories. According to his assistant Peter Krawietz, the staff are driven by a lust for success that far outweighs fear of failure or any possible satisfaction that can be gleaned from going down memory lane.

Klopp knows he is fortunate to have the squad he does (Photo: Andrew Powell/Liverpool FC via Getty Images)

This mentality, to be sure, is not unique to Klopp. In fact, it’s been a mainstay of football in Germany after the Second World War to value the present over prior endeavours, summed up in the famous “after the game is before the game” quote by their 1954 World Cup-winning national manager Sepp Herberger. There were political reasons for such an approach — looking back was not an attractive proposition in 1945 Germany — but more specifically, the game has since found that the past, for all the solace and joy it can bring, is a dangerous place to be, just like one of those dream worlds in the movie Inception. You lose track of real life in there.

The best German players and coaches have always been inherently forward-looking, bursting with the hunger and monstrous mentality that Klopp so frequently references.

This Liverpool team have been created in his image and as long as his fire burns as brightly, there will be little need to consult the chronicles of the club’s former trophy-laden sides for inspiration.

“He always told us, ‘Run like there is no tomorrow’,” Sven Bender said of Klopp’s motivational drill. In 2020-21, his Premier League champions’ task will be to run like there was no yesterday, either.

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Maybe the owners should build in a sabbatical for him. Plan it in advance. Give him a time in a different environment and hopefully it will refresh him and he will want to come back. 
There are obvious problems with this approach but I just can’t see us getting a better manager 

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54 minutes ago, Falconhoof said:

Maybe the owners should build in a sabbatical for him. Plan it in advance. Give him a time in a different environment and hopefully it will refresh him and he will want to come back. 
There are obvious problems with this approach but I just can’t see us getting a better manager 

Hopefully FSG are working on a head in a jar managerial solution long term, as you're right, we won't be getting a better manager 

 

 

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I reckon his comments about City and Chelsea spending are about as clear an admission as you'll get that he feels we really do need to strengthen whilst still sticking to the public line of 'We just can't'.

Just hope that constantly bringing a knife to a gin fight like he did with Dortmund doesn't see him feel he has to walk away cos he's got f*** all left to give.

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20 minutes ago, kop205 said:

I reckon his comments about City and Chelsea spending are about as clear an admission as you'll get that he feels we really do need to strengthen whilst still sticking to the public line of 'We just can't'.

Just hope that constantly bringing a knife to a gin fight like he did with Dortmund doesn't see him feel he has to walk away cos he's got f*** all left to give.

Genuinely wondered what a gin fight was for a second.

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1 hour ago, Hassony said:

Hopefully FSG are working on a head in a jar managerial solution long term, as you're right, we won't be getting a better manager 

 

 

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Cloning, AI, alien tech, immortality granted by god, we need a solution.

 

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2 hours ago, kop205 said:

I reckon his comments about City and Chelsea spending are about as clear an admission as you'll get that he feels we really do need to strengthen whilst still sticking to the public line of 'We just can't'.

Just hope that constantly bringing a knife to a gin fight like he did with Dortmund doesn't see him feel he has to walk away cos he's got f*** all left to give.

A mate of mine is mates with Sachin Nakrani, who regularly says Klopp is annoyed about our lack of spending.

Probably just conjecture, but you would be, wouldn’t you? 

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2 hours ago, kop205 said:

Just hope that constantly bringing a knife to a gin fight like he did with Dortmund doesn't see him feel he has to walk away cos he's got f*** all left to give.

A couple of new signings will be just the tonic he needs.

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53 minutes ago, Stanley Leisure said:

A mate of mine is mates with Sachin Nakrani, who regularly says Klopp is annoyed about our lack of spending.

Probably just conjecture, but you would be, wouldn’t you? 

Of course he is. He’s a massive competitor and wants to win all the time.

I reckon he understands the reasoning behind the spending decisions though. It’s not like he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he signed his contracts. 

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32 minutes ago, DecidedByPoll said:

Of course he is. He’s a massive competitor and wants to win all the time.

I reckon he understands the reasoning behind the spending decisions though. It’s not like he didn’t know what he was getting himself into when he signed his contracts. 

Did he expect to be outspend by Leeds, Sheffield United,  Arsenal, Villa, Everton and Newcastle? Not sure that was part of the deal covid or not 

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8 hours ago, Stanley Leisure said:

A mate of mine is mates with Sachin Nakrani, who regularly says Klopp is annoyed about our lack of spending.

Probably just conjecture, but you would be, wouldn’t you? 

I would be, yes. His brilliance has hamstrung him, he’s been taken advantage of.

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I’m relieved he’s creating the next squad. 4 years is enough to have won loads with current team and create the next and find the stadium, academy and other stuff. 
 

it’s the leaps United tool when Ferguson started winning. The stadium expansion, commercial agreements etc. whatever klopp does here and we do with him will change us forever. 

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