Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Klopp, Liverpool, and How Emotion Conquered Perfection

Ah, the word “passion.” Somewhat overused in the day and age of exposition, Liverpool Football Club has something of a connection to the idea of pure, unadulterated passion in the vast landscape that is football. Everything is magnified tenfold, because of its relation to everything else in the football sphere. So, when people marry the word “passion” with Liverpool; the fabled atmosphere, the manager, what are they actually saying? What use is passion, really, in a game so dominated by …
Klopp Building For The Future

Klopp Building For The Future

Modern football, its chairmen, managers and supporters alike, is obsessed with the quick fix. Typified by the wanton spending of Premier League- which often seems panicked and ill-advised- clubs in this summer’s transfer window, clubs want success and they are prepared to acquire it by means of chequebook, rather than honing the skills of their players on the training paddock. One manager, however, who believes in the process of coaching improvements into his players is Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp. The German …
Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Liverpool 2016/17 - Season Preview and Predictions

Going from “we’re going to win the league” after beating Barcelona 4-0, to the outlook being doom and gloom within just 24 hours after losing to Mainz by the same scoreline is precisely why I try not to read too much into pre-season friendlies. They are essentially just for fitness, integrating new players and coaches trying out things from the training pitch in a match situation. Some things can be taken from pre-season, good and bad, but the opening Premier …
Klopp's first pre-season is vital to a good League start

Klopp's first pre-season is vital to a good League start

Liverpool's preseason preparations under Klopp will be a stark contrast to the ones experienced under Brendan Rodgers. The 2015/16 preseason preparations felt a little too nice. It's all about conditioning for the season ahead and there's a reason Klopp was reportedly disappointed with squads fitness levels when he took over in October. Fans expecting to see a vengeful Liverpool side after the humiliation of the season prior were left feeling a little underwhelmed as the friendlies unfolded. The team had …
Liverpool Supporters - From Doubters, to Non Believers

Liverpool Supporters - From Doubters, to Non Believers

I understand, you're scarred. A fanbase living in perpetual fear, of the failings from previous managers and previous owners. Unable to let go of all the nearly moments, of all the false dawns. You're sick of word transition, of buying potential. Tired of watching rivals attract some of the finest players in Europe; while your club conducts the longest transfer saga's in human history. All the while knowing your club will still raid Southampton for what feels like a 17th …
The Klopp Mentality: Making the People Happy

The Klopp Mentality: Making the People Happy

In a football world often described as savage, unrelenting and uncompromising, it’s a pretty good feeling to watch a Jürgen Klopp interview. In such a harsh, embattled landscape where managers all strive to achieve excellence largely through one pre-determined template of how to act in front of the camera and on the touchline, Jürgen Klopp is a breath of fresh air; one that’s only been witnessed a select few times since the rise of the most decorated manager of recent …
Liverpool FC: The Future Is All That Counts

Liverpool FC: The Future Is All That Counts

A decent first-half display in the 225th Merseyside derby was the last thing Brendan Rodgers had to shout about as manager of Liverpool Football Club. The final result (1-1) was by the by for the Northern Irishman, as he soon learnt what many fans had known since late last week (thanks to a clued in local fan on Twitter), ie. his days at Anfield were done. Not before time either, certainly not from this side of the fence. That Fenway …