By James Miller – @JimmyMiller2608
Liverpool have so far been relatively quiet in the summer transfer market, with it becoming more and more clear that dramatic, big-money signings are not on the agenda in this window.
Finishing second in the Premier League and winning the Champions League would, in years gone by, have increased the urge for world-class talent to join the ranks, offering added depth for further challenges in some of Europe’s finest competitions.
However, the feel around the club this year is acceptance in Klopp’s methods, as the trust from (many) supporters shows.
Many were expecting another substantial addition or two perhaps, having seen some of Europe’s most wanted linked with moves to Anfield this summer. The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Nicolas Pépé and Matthijs de Ligt, among others, have been mentioned but reports mostly appear to be wide of the market while the latter has already moved to Juventus.
In previous windows there has often been a feel of desperation from fans to add a bit of extra depth to the squad, itching for more quality in the ranks. This time around though, Klopp looks to have gained the trust from club leaders in his philosophy and approach moving forward.
A confident, calm approach since his arrival in 2015 has almost always provided a sense of ease at the club, mixed with the incredible performances on the pitch. Off the back of an illustrious achievement securing a sixth European title, their faith in Klopp is arguably now at it’s peak, having proven what can happen with patience and belief.
After the appointment of Klopp almost four years ago, the immediate reaction seemed to bring a feel of destiny – that the German would be the man to break a long duck dating back to 2011 for a trophy. Upon joining the club, images of the former Dortmund manager investing time in the fans emerged, relaxing with fans in a cafe and forming a bond that has continued to grow.
It would be fair to say that his approach to management is unique, implemented alongside his understanding of footballing fans, something which is genuinely rare to find. The aura he inspires around Anfield puts any form of fear in the back of people’s minds. A fine example would be easy to find…
On May 1st, Liverpool lost away at the Camp Nou in a Champions League semi-final, which finished 3-0 to Barcelona.
Had the side been under the guidance of former managers such as Brendan Rodgers or perhaps Roy Hodgson – taking nothing away from their fine careers in management – you’d have thought the tie was very much over.
The surreal thing about Klopp though, is it felt more like game on. Nerves of steel and and ice cool character, a spokesman and a competitor who refused to rule the Reds out, instilling confidence in a scenario which should have provoked misery.
Instead of dipping in the market, the return of players including Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Rhian Brewster and Adam Lallana are being greeted like new additions by the manager. Hasn’t he earned the right to have his opinions and plans trusted?
There may yet, of course, be further additions to the squad, but regardless the hope of another fine season is still stronger than ever.