Liverpool was directionless, falling further behind where Fenway Sports Group and the clubs supporters wanted them to be. Some fans were beginning to question if the owners actually had any ambition or were using the Liverpool name in world football just to make money.
FSG are certainly showing their intent, with the aggressive pursuit of Jurgen Klopp. He is a proven winner & world class coach, which arguably Liverpool has not had since Rafa Benitez left the club in 2010.
There has been much talk about Liverpool’s current status in the game; are they still one of the big clubs in England? if this was based on trophies won in the last 10 years, the answer is no. In terms of history, tradition, global support, yes. But with the appointment of Klopp they have shown they can still attract the big and exciting names.
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When a coach of his quality was available and Liverpool as a side were struggling for an identity, and supporters had lost faith in the work that Brendan Rodgers was doing at the club, the sense of apathy at Anfield in the last few months was enough to push FSG to make the change.
Top teams should always have a top coach, the Rodgers experiment was ultimately a failure. The fans have been given what they wanted; you would have to go a long way to find a Liverpool supporter not excited by this appointment.
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There is a buzz in the air again, a feeling that the club could really push on a level with a top coach in charge, a manager that will excite the players, fans and everyone connected to the club. He will need time, of course, to mould the squad to one that is capable of playing his style of football.
He is a passionate coach, which is a good fit for Liverpool. There will be a new found energy inside the ground for his debut game, and a belief from fans that this is the start of what will be a very entertaining ride, whatever happens.
Klopp has silverware on his CV, he is a proven winner, and he has a track record of improving teams and players, which is what he will have to do at Liverpool until the transfer window opens in January.
Liverpool FC is the greatest challenge in football management at the moment, trying to resurrect this once giant of English football back to the upper echelons of league and European football.
This is the challenge that awaits him at Anfield, there is potential in this current Liverpool squad, Klopp now needs to find a way to unlock that potential.
Liverpool fans: How well do you think Liverpool will do this season now Klopp has taken over? Give YOUR opinion in the comment box below!