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Chris > Klopp • 13 hours ago
I don´t blame anyone for thinking this because his career at Arsenal was not the best. There was always talent there for sure but overall personally I didn´t think he had that good of a career at Arsenal. I mean some of it was down to injuries as well.
Klopp just makes players better. I think Pep is the same. They are two of the world´s best coaches in my opinion.
Nick > Chris • 2 hours ago
And right there is the reason why he´s one of the best! Wenger was that person himself once upon a time as well, when he was turning the likes of Vieira and Henry into superstars. But it really is hard to think of any players that haven´t improved under Klopp. Bobby for one. And Mane. Salah has gone from being a very good player to a world star under him. Robertson and Trent have flourished under his guidance. Even Milner seems to have gone up a level again at the age of 32. Pep get´s plenty of credit for seeing a capable left back in Delph this year, but lets also remember Klopp did that with Milner first last year, with similar results.
Ox just looks like he´s enjoyed his football this season, which didn´t look like the case in his last couple of years at Arsenal. He knows he´s got a manager who is committed to improving him as a player and who believes that he can fulfil his potential. And he also has a far better chance at winning some silverware at Anfield than he has at Arsenal right now, hopefully starting with next week.
And what a touch of class from Ox to get Bobbi and his Dad those Kiev tickets. You could forgive him for wallowing in self pity right now, knowing he´s going to miss a CL final and a World Cup, but clearly not. Top class lad! It also shows once again that Klopp wants decent people in his squad just as much as good footballers as well. You just don´t hear about anyone in this Liverpool squad getting caught up in tabloid scandals or falling out of clubs and getting in bar fights, and that´s because the manager simply won´t sign players with that sort of reputation. Give him 11 Ox´s or Boring James Milner´s any day of the week. And I´ll second him on that!
Jerry > Nick • an hour ago
Great post Nick..
About Pep, I must say I´m still not convinced which must sound outlandish.
Picking a Salah and a Robbo with understandable question marks over their suitability, giving them the platform, support and trust to perform and flourish in our system, shows a level of skill a notch above cherry picking any player, regardless of cost, for their obvious skill and ability.
Klopp´s ability has been honed from starting at the level he came from, both as a player and then manager, whereas Pep has really had the best of the best at his beck and call, pretty much all his life. I don´t wish to be unfair to the guy, he is a winner and he is clear in what he expects from his squad and the style he wants to see played, but equally I don´t think it harsh to say I doubt he could "do a Klopp" as such. He just hasn´t lived through the same experiences, just perhaps worked under harder expectations. What is evident in both is you see the bar they set themselves, the expectations they put on their own shoulders is really incredible. It´s a real measure of a true leader.
Jerry > Chris • 2 hours ago
I know from a few Southhampton fan friends that of all the youthful stars that were cherry picked over the years, it was the Ox they missed most as they all saw him as a real talent that stood out amongst their throng.
Personally, I thought he looked good, to very good at times at Arsenal, but he just couldn´t escape that cloud, Arsene´s hoodoo that is injuries. For me, what stood out was when he gave that interview, post match alongside Cout´s and stuck one to the interviewer for asking questions about Cout´s future. Immediately I recognised the mental strength he possessed, very mature and sure of his words and what needed saying. It was quite an impressive delivery and took me by surprise. He reminded me in that moment of how I imagined Milner at the age and from thereon I took particular interest in his game and what a joy that has been. He did take time to fit in and become one with and within the squad on the pitch, but he was making good strides each outing. Once Cout´s left he really seemed to have arrived. This injury isn´t a concern for me, in the sense of, is his body not up to it. That was a great tackle, all about desire and commitment, just perhaps a little too much. Assuming he will recover, then I can´t wait to see him back up to match fitness. Players like that will give their all for the team and there really isn´t a better sight for a fan.
I think Klopp alloyed him minutes out wide purely to start him in a position he was used too, before bringing him more central, a position he desired and it was certainly working.