England has been much-criticised for its perceived inability to produce masses of players eligible to play for the country’s national team: clubs tend to sign cheaper foreign players, thereby driving up the price of what few home-grown players do manage to make it through the academies – and perhaps the same can be said for the division’s managers.
With the most exciting and unpredictable football to test themselves against, the Premier League is perceived all around the world as the ultimate test of a manager’s ability to evolve and develop their skill-set – even more so when you consider that they are forced to do so in the face of an obsessive media and fan-base.
Jurgen Klopp is a welcome addition to this contingent in this respect, and given his predisposition to wooing the media, it’s no surprise that they were eating out of the palm of his hand since day one. Arriving in England with talk of “heavy metal” and “full-throttle” football, his huge smile and open persona have quickly endeared him to the public and journalists alike.
He has however recently suffered his first defeat since arriving in October – a 2-1 home defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace – and as ever in this country, doubts are creeping in with both aforementioned groups of stakeholders. Even though he hasn’t been afforded the opportunity to sign any of his own players yet, one win, one loss and two draws so far in the league do not represent a massive improvement in results for the Reds since Rodgers was sent packing.
They will need to be at their absolute best when action resumes following the international break against Manchester City, and another loss will further compound the pressure on the charismatic German.
Liverpool are a long way from being the finished article, so why not take advantage of their recent defensive frailties by visiting the Betway website and backing Pellegrini’s side to score in both halves at 6/4? Alternatively, at 3/4, both teams to score is a great bet for a big win – especially when you consider that the Reds have found the back of the net in six of their last seven games
It’s unlikely that Liverpool will be as “bang-average” after January, once Klopp has been afforded the opportunity to let his methods sink in and sign a few of his own players – and with the country’s journalists so enamoured with their new darling, he will be given all the time he needs to effect these changes.
He has promised to deliver the title within four years, and even if some fans are being cynical by pointing out that he has only signed a three-year contract, his openness and refreshing honesty have certainly endeared him to most of the club’s fans. Yes, they would love a more local man like Rodgers at the reins – but they would rather win, and that’s what the German specialises in.