Jurgen Klopp Says Liverpool is Perfect but No

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The manager of Liverpool football club Jurgen Klopp feels the club depth is perfect enough that new signing might not be needed especially now that the coronavirus pandemic has affected the finances of clubs.

Klopp stressed that unlike other clubs who could only boast of first eleven, Liverpool football club has more than first 11 but first 16 to 17 players who could hold their own in any match.

In the last three season, Klopp has been showing that what he has been building since he joined the club in 2015 has started paying off. The first sign that shows that Liverpool was ready to take over the world was in the 2016-2017 season when they find themselves in the UEFA Europa League final which they lost to Seville.

In the next season, Klopp proved that what Liverpool achieved the previous season was not a fluke but a result of hard work and planning. The team made it to the UEFA Champions League final but couldn’t hold their own against Real Madrid and lost it to Zinedine Zidane’s led squad.

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Still, the consistency continued in the 2018-2019 season where Liverpool also made it to the Champions League final and finally, Liverpool won it against Tottenham Hotspur. They went on to win UEFA Super CUP and FIFA Club World Cup in that same season.

Also in that season, they gave Manchester City a fight that has never been seen before in the Premier League. They dragged the title with them from the start of the season to finish but lost the battle with just a point difference.

At the end of the season, three Liverpool players – Virgil van Dijk, Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, were among the best 5 players in the world. And the goalkeeper of the squad, Alisson Becker, won the best goalkeeper in the world award. This goes a long way to show how great Liverpool’s squad is.

Besides that, that same season, two Liverpool players – Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane were joint top scorers in the Premier League alongside Arsenal’s Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Liverpool’s defender van Dijk was named the PFA player of the year that season.

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This season (2019-2020) has shown that Liverpool has zero all their will to ensure that they win the Premier League for the first time in 30 years and they did that in style. They won it with 7 matches remaining and with 23 points ahead of the second-placed Manchester City. A record that will take years to break.

Klopp said: But this squad… look at it. It is not a squad you have to change now and say ‘OK, we need this position and this position’.

“We don’t have a first 11, I say we have a first 16 or 17, they can all play to the same level. But we have to use this, 100 per cent.

“We cannot spend millions and millions and millions because we want to or we think it is nice to do. We never wanted that.”

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is not perfect yet

Jurgen Klopp
Jurgen Klopp

Despite how good the squad is, it can not be said that they have reached perfection yet. They have lost some games and conceded some goals that they shouldn’t if they have gotten so perfect.

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For instance, in the Champions League round of 16 this season, they lost to Atletico Madrid home and away to crash out of the tournament. The team couldn’t also make it to the FA Cup quarter-finals. They lost their unbeaten run in the league to a lowly ranked Watford. They have drawn two games and lost one in the league. They have also conceded 21 goals in 31 matches so far in the league. So, where is the consistency and where is perfection?

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Team Strength

Finishing scoring chances
Very Strong

Very Strong

Creating chances using through balls
Very Strong

Defending set-pieces
Very Strong

Creating scoring chances

Attacking down the wings

Attacking set-pieces

Protecting the lead

Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Team Weaknesses

Stopping opponents from creating chances

Creativity in the midfielder

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