English football was in need of the excitement sparked by Brendan Rodgers' departure on Sunday. The season hasn't been bad so far, but flat performances from Chelsea, United's muted style and Arsenal and City's inconsistency leaves us slightly underwhelmed. Looking at the table, no top team is really standing out as we move into the international break.
Liverpool fans know better than most how it feels to be underwhelmed. Aside from 13/14, the club has been in gradual decline/stagnation since 2008.
Looking at progress under owners Fenway Sports Group (FSG), there hasn't been any! It's fair to say this makes little sense given the huge spending which has taken place. Dig deeper, however, and it is in fact behind the scenes factors which have impeded managers and frustrated fans.
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Read any article published in the last three days (there are a lot of them!) and you will find two keywords consistently: Transfer committee.
It would seem that this is unanimously unpopular with Liverpool fans, especially those who still supported Rodgers. Even in the earlier days of FSG's tenure, unfavourable decisions were made.
The appointment of Damien Comolli sticks out, as well the sacking of 'King Kenny' Dalglish and subsequent appointment of Rodgers. It's fair to say fans were optimistic when Rodgers joined the club, but a lack of trophies and big achievements was a worry and has continued over the last three years.
Step forward Jurgen Klopp. It would seem that Klopp is an extremely popular choice as a new manager amongst fans. The odd Ancelotti supporter aside, fans are genuinely excited at the prospect of his arrival.
Could it be that FSG will finally be making a decision which will please the fans? Time will tell, but now he has officially signed on the dotted line we can excuse the supporters for being optimistic. A great, charismatic manager with a proven track record is going to bring a level of excitement that hasn't been seen at Anfield for decades.