Jurgen Klopps vision of us changing “from doubters to believers” is now really starting to take shape. “At this moment all the LFC family is a little bit too nervous, a little bit too pessimistic, a little bit too much in doubt,” he said in October 2015. “They all celebrate the game and there is a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium, but they don’t believe at the moment.” We do now Jurgen.
It’s not just us either. The atmosphere around the squad. The players. The staff. We’re all having a great time. I’ve enjoyed watching the pre-season games and watching the feel good factor grow. I cannot remember a time that you can sense the whole club pulling together in one direction. Take the Torino friendly for instance. The club made a real effort for this to be more than a friendly at Anfield. Events at Chavasse Park. The fan park open early at the ground. Players interacting with fans at the end of the game. Selfies, signatures, hugs and high fives. It all lends itself to a club that it getting it right on and off the pitch. If the fans feel part of the club we can all become one and push towards our dreams together.
We must remember this does not come easy though. It hasn’t always been this way under Klopp. There have been voices of discontent. People have stepped out of line. Sakho broke the rules. Turned up late to meetings. He was seen as “lacking respect” and was sent home from the pre-season tour of the United States. He was then moved on. Coutinho voiced his discontent to other members of the squad and this was the end for him. Klopp and Liverpool knew it was best to move him on because he wasn’t 100% with the rest of the squad. His sole purpose wasn’t to make Liverpool better today than it was yesterday and that’s what Klopp demands. Every day, get better. Buvac seemingly did the same, he met the same end as Coutinho and Sakho. Everyone must be together, with the same aim. If you’re not with us, you’re out. The players currently with us seem to have embraced this.
They also seem to have embraced being a part of Liverpool. Not just the club but the city. We can all benefit each other. Liverpool has a rich history of this attitude. You gain brownie points when you are that type of person in Liverpool. This can be typified by the charitable actions of those at the club.
Mohammed Salah, not content with being the best thing since an egg white omelette gives so much of his own money to those less fortunate, building a hospital and a school in his native Egypt.
Andy Robertson visiting foodbanks and sending little Alfie Radford a signed Firmino shirt because the lad had given his the last of his pocket money to Fans supporting Foodbanks.
Trent Alexander-Arnold speaking of his own charity work and his determination to help the local community. His relationship with Louis Henry who we saw with him on the final day at Anfield against Brighton.
Alex Oxo-Chambo getting Joe and Bobbi Jaggar tickets for the final after they’d missed out on the ballot, forgetting the fact that he was recovering from knee surgery that has cost him a place in a European Cup final and a world cup.
The lads seem selfless and that taps into the ideology that Shankly instilled and Klopp embraces. The entire club and fan base looks set on one thing. Make Liverpool a better place to work and that leads to trophies.
Melwood looks like it’s a great place to work at the minute. The new players integrated straight away. Some lovely singing from most of them helps. Moreno looks great for morale, Firmino too. Sturridge having a new best mate and dance partner in Naby Keita. It’s all looking good. I have been really intrigued by Daniel Sturridge and his attitude since he came back. He looks a player reborn. He looks as if he’s been elsewhere and realised it’s oh so good to be at Liverpool.
The new players seem to be coming into a professional but fun place of work. They are all smiles, but when the work starts they all look ready and determined to be successful. There are leaders. There are difference makers all over the field now. Not least of all the front three.
I love them. 91 goals they got between them last year. 91. Sadio Mane, 20 goals. Mo Salah, 44 goals. Bobby Firmino, 27 goals. Remember the days when we needed a 20 goal a year striker? Well now we’ve got 3. We have a supporting cast of attacking options who will add another 9 at least. That’s a base of 100 goals. That’s how titles are decided. That’s certainly how you are up there in the final equation anyway. That’s how we turn the league draws at home into wins.
The best way to win trophies is to beat the sides that play a deep block. Beat them early. Score early goals. For example, I have no doubt that Watford wanted to frustrate Liverpool when they came to Anfield last season. That dream was over in 3 minutes. Salah who could have already scored sat Miguel Britos down and smashed the ball past the Watford keeper. He was to do it another 3 times that day in a 5-0 rout. That’s what we need to do to become champions of this country. We have the strength to beat the best on our day. We now need to beat the rest as a regular occurrence.
I’ll be interested to see if we play a back 3 with 2 midfielders alongside Virgil this year as we did away at Brighton in another 5-0 thrashing. It worked. It allowed the players fluidity and allowed more players including the full backs to move into attacking positions as we only had one real centre back playing. If that centre back is Virgil Van Dijk things are usually solid and organised.
Talking of Van Dijk, the difference that colossus has made to this team is incredible. I honestly think it’s the single best signing I have seen Liverpool make and we’ve had some bloody good players. Reflect on that. I cannot think of a signing that has improved a side this much in his first 6 months ever and now we’ve added the world’s most expensive keeper to the back line. We’ve been asking for that for years and now we have it.
I love this team. I’m excited by this team. Straight after the European Cup final I wanted to watch them again. I wanted to see them play on the Sunday. That final wasn’t the end of the road for us. It’s the beginning. Liverpool are acting like a big club again and so are the supporters. The swagger is back. We know we’re on the right track. The feel good factor is growing.
Think back to last year and the amazing times we had following the Reds. Let the memories of the goals and celebrations wash over you. Big Virgil Van Dijks header against Everton. Salah’s thunderous volley away at Stoke. Klopps favourite win, 2-1 away at Burnley. Having to beat Moscow at Anfield and destroying them 7-0. Manes hat trick goal away at Porto. The city games. Oh the City games. They will be ours forever. The Salah goal in the second leg. The greatest of away ends. The sweetest of victories. Laughing and hugging everyone around you at 5-0 in the first leg of the European cup semi-final. I’m smiling writing this, thinking of having the time of my life with the Reds.
I’m ready to do it all again
From doubters to believers ey Jurgen
Come on Liverpool. Make Us Dream…