Liverpool fans must be patient with Jurgen Klopp and not expect miracles to happen overnight at Anfield.
The German arrived on Merseyside with fans getting a bit carried away with their expectations for the remainder of the season. Many expected him to turn the club around immediately and launch a title bid.
But the 48-year-old isn’t a miracle worker. There’s not a manager in the world that could win the title with this Liverpool team.
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Three draws in his first three matches failed to excite fans, but they must realise this is going to be a slow-building process. It took Klopp three seasons, not three matches, to turn Borussia Dortmund from a mid-table team to champions – it may take slightly longer at Liverpool.
Klopp will want to build his own team. There are plenty of players in the current squad that simply don’t fit his tactics or philosophy - these will need to be sold and new players brought in.
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The injuries haven’t helped either. Joe Gomez, Danny Ings, Daniel Sturridge, Christian Benteke and Roberto Firmino are just a few players to have endured injury spells at some point this season, with Gomez and Ings ruled out for the whole campaign.
With Benteke reportedly injured yet again, Klopp with have no alternative but to continue with 20-year-old striker Divock Origi, who has failed to impress during his Liverpool career.
It's perfectly understandable why Liverpool fans were excited by Klopp’s arrival, but it’s probably a good thing they have been brought back down to earth recently.
If the eccentric German had won his first three matches, expectations would have been sky-high and Reds fans would have been singing about their title chances.
But realistically, they shouldn’t be expecting to even finish in the top four. The rest of the season is about trying to implement Klopp’s style and philosophy, and preparing for his first full campaign next season.
It may seem negative, but it’s too much to ask for the former Dortmund manager to achieve anything this year. Perhaps a decent cup run and fifth/sixth-placed finish is the limit for Liverpool.
Yes, he’s a great manager, but Klopp can’t walk into a team and turn their season around instantly. Liverpool fans need patience and to lower their expectations, allowing the German and his players to adapt and prove themselves without such pressure.
The honeymoon period, if there ever was one, is over and the hype has finally ceased. It’s time for the fans and media to let the 48-year-old get on with his work without expecting miracles.
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