glb Posted January 15 Author Share Posted January 15 6 hours ago, Gabe said: Does Klopp even have a history of rebuilding teams? Wasn't a lot of his Dortmund success largely the same players, just replacing those that Bayern poached every season (I don't know if that's accurate)? I said back in the 2020/21 season that I wouldn't be surprised if he decided he'd had enough, he's done wonders for the club but, as you say, the current board aren't going to spend the kind of money needed to sort this squad out. We could be saying goodbye to CL football for a little while, you feel. I think you are probably right that behind the scenes stuff is off, too. Perhaps Salah's massive contract - especially when everybody in the team could see he was pretty awful from January onwards - has caused discontent and thrown the harmony of the dressing room too. It is all about perspective though, you're quite correct, and I've said it loads in this thread over the last year or so that it is so far down on my list of priorities in life these days that I feel rather detached from a lot of it. I still check the results and like to chat in here about it all, but I haven't watched a full Liverpool game since the CL final and outside of the World Cup I haven't watched any PL games at all (for any team) for about a year now probably. My interest in football has waned a lot (it happened to me once before back in the mid-90s) so I can't really get excited about it, good or bad. I love Nunez for the shifts he puts in and the excitement he brings but also agree he didn’t / doesn’t feel like a ‘sensible’ signing, not when other areas of the side still need more urgent attention. Mentioned before I thought this season would be transitional, but that was when I thought the style of play would be adapted to suit the changing shape (and age) of the squad. Instead, the side, which is clearly knackered beyond recognition, is still being asked to play the same pressing style but with personnel that just aren’t up to it anymore. There’s no protection being offered by midfield, and the link between full-backs and attack just isn’t firing like it did over the last few seasons because the physical demands outweigh the energy of the squad. Klopp had seven years at Mainz, seven at Dortmund and now seven (so far) at Liverpool. He’s evolved each but with Dortmund and Liverpool think it’s fair to say he’s made sides that were greater than the sum of their parts that bloodied the nose of a more powerful rival in Bayern and Man City. Football will forever be cyclical though, punishingly so as we’re experiencing this season. It’s interesting that Man City also look on the decline, even with Haaland. The league’s landscape is shifting before our eyes. Maybe in May it’ll have shifted a few more times and we’ll be able to better make sense of it all and where we’re at. And then it all starts anew. Because of that I’m not even angry about this season, more bemused. Plus were ninth, not Everton. Four more wins and at least we’re safe from relegation. Not even sure if that’s a joke or not after today’s performance, but in a strange way I’m finding not having the relentlessness of the title chases with City refreshing. Probably a good thing as there won’t be another for a while. As an aside @Gabe hope all else is well, and you keep on posting, even from a place of detachment. You’ve been a regular in here for as long as I can remember and hope this thread can still offer a bit of escapism when you need it. 2 Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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