As soon as the third goal went in, I changed channels and since then have not had anything to do with football. Twitter had already been logged off by then; notifications on WhoScored, LiveScore, Fourfourtwo all turned off. I was not having anything to do with football till Saturday. These were not expressions of despondency. They had a tinge of pain but it was more about shielding myself away from the negativity, fickleness and “bandwagonism” I will be subjected to from the fickle-minded and moment-ceasing pundits and unfortunately negative views of some of our fans. The fact that I survived 80-odd minutes of the game should tell you I still held onto some belief. And this is what Klopp has given me and I am guarding it with all I can muster. I am believer! What Klopp has given Liverpool is a huge game changer and I wouldn’t want to risk hear pundits, journalists, and even fans rip into it, belittling it on the back of one truly wretched performance. Oh and there are rival fans who will succeed in taunting but fail in hiding their jealousy at Liverpool having Klopp.
It has been a horrible day trying to adjust to this self-imposed cyberspace exile. I know there are good people on Twitter who will talk sense and provide context. But there are a fair few who may argue there is no difference between Klopp and Rodgers. There are also many journalists who will conclude on the back of Watford that Klopp’s gengenpressing will not work in England or he has been found out. Have they already said that? Are they already saying Klopp made the wrong choice by not waiting for the Bayern job and that the Liverpool job will dent his CV? Have they started belittling the importance of having Klopp as Liverpool manager? They may or may not say it. But I did not want to risk it. Klopp exudes too much positivity to give myself away to the remote possibility to be led astray by pundits and journalists.
Yes there’s is great deal of work to be done on this Liverpool team to get it to desired levels. A sizeable amount of chopping and changing and even discarding will be required. I would have Klopp more than anyone else; I mean anyone else – Pep, Carlo, Luis Enrique – included. For his experience, “boss tha” positivity, passion and desire no one is a better fit than our Jurgen. I broke the cyberspace exile briefly to see what his post match comments were. He talked about helping players correct mistakes, acknowledging faults in their game and working to get better. I did not see “outstanding” being used to put a gloss on an awful performance. I logged off the official site with a smile. Our boss gets it. And importantly he is competent to fix it. Klopp’s appointment is too important to have anyone make me feel it won’t make any impact. As Gags – Anfieldindex boss – has repetitively said, this season is going to be one full of ups and downs. But don’t be fooled, we have the right man in charge. If you are brave enough to stay in the cyberspace during this period, stay positive, don’t drop your membership card of the “Believers’ Club”. Don’t turn back to a doubter. Keep faith. I may not even see this article published but I will be back on Saturday with full belief in Jurgen and his men.