Liverpool secure 19th league title building on the foundations Klopp laid in 2015.
When Jordan Henderson lifted the league title last night it added a fourth piece of silverware to the Liverpool trophy cabinet in 13 months. Currently the European Champions, The Super Cup holders, winners of the World Club Cup and now Premier league Winners, it is a far cry from the days of Hicks and Gillett, Hodgson and Konchesky.
Since Jurgen Klopp took the reigns at the famous club the team has progressed at a steady yet impressive speed. A Europa league final in his first year with the club, although ending in defeat was an indication of the route the German was taking. Follow this up with two European Cup finals and despite a loss in the first one. The upward trajectory was clear.
Out with the old, in with the new
With a squad struggling for goals, an inconsistent defence and a midfield that had lost its talisman in Steven Gerrard it would be no easy task reshaping the team. Out went many of the signings Brendan Rodgers had put his faith in and in came a new group of young, attacking, skillful players.
Thanks in large part to the excellent negotiating skills of Michael Edwards, fringe players like Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Jordan Ibe and Luis Alberto were moved on for impressive sums. Add to that the departure of Christian Benteke, Mama Sakho, Danny Ings, Lucas Leiva and of course Phillipe Coutinho, the bank balance looked healthy. For these outgoings, the incommings were what changed Liverpool. Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Mo Salah, Andy Robertson, Alisson, Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk among others created a new spine for the redmen.
To recieve such commanding fees for players that didn’t match up to expectaions gives Liverpool an impressive net spend. This being something fans of teams often quote as an indicator of success in the transfer market it’s worth noting as of June 2020 the net spend since Klopp has been in charge stands at £74.5million. At Man City under Guardiola, its a mouthwatering £400m!
FSG and Klopp-A perfect partnership at Liverpool FC
Klopp was appointed under a strategy John W Henry has used before at the Boston Red Sox. It certainly pays dividends. Moneyball gave the redsox success and has continually helped the team be one of the best. Continuing this philosophy at Liverpool has now began reaping its rewards as multi million pound sponsorship deals drop into the FSG inbox. Further enhancing the brand across the world and further alleviating the pressure on FSG to spend their own cash it is a far cry from the days of H&G.
When Tom Hicks and George Gillett were stewards of the club, it almost vanished, totting up huge debts and briefly flirting with relegation during the Hodgson days the club wasn’t in a good place. The excellent An Epic Swindle charts just how bad things had become.
Now with the ground redeveloped, a kit deal with Nike and an improved training facility on the way, Klopp has the tools at his disposal to keep building.
Jurgen called himself the normal one at his opening press conference and it is this persoanlity that has helped endear him to the board as well as the fans. He won’t demand excessive transfer funds and he won’t issue barbed comments in the press. He understands this is a business for the owners first and foremost. They on the other hand understand that for Jurgen it is a passion.
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