By James Miller – @JamesMillernews
In the past week, intense speculation surrounding potential outgoings and incomings has reached a premium.
One rumour in particular that has been doing the rounds refers to Liverpool forward Mohamed Salah and where his future lies, though numerous well-respected outlets have suggested that Salah will reject any advances this summer to leave Merseyside.
It will certainly be news that is welcome around Anfield, with the Egyptian evidently one of the better players in world football. In just two seasons, Salah has racked up staggering numbers on Merseyside, sealing successive Premier League Golden Boots on his way.
Past years have seen the Reds lose some of their key assets, mainly to the Spanish giants Real Madrid and Barcelona, clubs that appear high on the agenda of most players. Several have made the plunge, with the likes of Luis Suarez, Phillipe Coutinho, Xabi Alonso and Javier Mascherano some of more high-profile losses to the Reds.
At present though, the Reds are one of the most feared sides in not only the Premier League but also Europe. Having recently been crowned European champions, the club are very much back amongst the world’s elite. What are some of the factors behind the Reds’ resurgence?
Since arriving on Merseyside in 2015, Jurgen Klopp has been nothing short of an inspiration whilst at the club.
The German has delivered the club a first trophy since 2011, yet more impressively he has brought back prestige to Anfield. Under the management of Brendan Rodgers, the free-flowing football definitely caught the eye. However, the feel of attraction never really stood out.
Klopp has brought an air of invincibility not only to the players, the fans as well. It really was emphasised by a breath-taking fightback from 3-0 down against arguably one of the worlds best sides in Barcelona. From the first whistle the whole club believed, something which stems from the managers attitude on and off the field. Never say die.
Doubters will always question Klopp’s below par record in major finals, however it simply cannot be denied how unique his man management skills are.
It’s common knowledge that Anfield is a tough place to play as an opposing player. Some of the finest players to grace the game have praised the atmosphere that can be created inside the stadium.
The home of the greatest fans on earth, when Anfield is rocking there is no place like it. Just recently Mikel Arteta spoke of how he felt a feeling he had never encountered outside Anfield during his playing days.
If you want proof of the superb fanbase behind Liverpool, all you need to remind yourself of is the approximated 750,000 fans that showed up to the club’s Champions League parade.
Prior to the arrival of Klopp and his backroom staff, a Champions League spot was far from a guaranteed prize come the end of the season, let alone the trophy itself.
Back to back finals has certainly changed that and the year on year improvements have brought many admirers. Now, the club are firmly established in the competition and are yet to lose a knockout match under the management of Klopp.
In just four seasons, Klopp has turned fans from doubters to believers and delivered on numerous famous European nights. It looks set to continue and the defence of the title promises to be a treat.