Liverpool fans enjoyed a pretty spectacular day on Friday…
First, news broke that Jurgen Klopp had been signed a six year contract extension. Then we heard that UEFA had dropped the charges relating to Mamadou Sakho’s doping investigation and to cap it off – we won our first game of pre-season away to Tranmere!
But sensibly, Klopp has told fans not to get carried away, suggesting we shouldn’t celebrate his contract, but the trophies that will hopefully, eventually come with it.
“When I came here it was the biggest honour I could imagine that somebody had the idea to ask me to be manager,” Klopp told Echo reporters after the game.
“After a few months I talked about another six years. It’s great.
“It wasn’t my idea, to be honest. But I was quite happy when I heard about it.
“It’s a bit like a penalty when you celebrate hearing the whistle but first of all we have to score and finish. That’s what we have to do now.
“We are lucky to be here and work together at Melwood, Chapel Street, the whole club. It’s a really good relationship and is the basis for our future.”
If Klopp’s the penalty, it’s up for the whole club to now score it. That means the board backing him in the transfer market, the fans continuing our wonderful support and most importantly his players doing everything they can to impress.
The German’s methods and tactics are increasingly visible now, as is the 4-2-3-1 formation that seems set in stone. Klopp didn’t have the luxury of training his players properly last term, with fixtures seemingly every three or four days and no pre-season. Ahead of 2016/17 though he has a full summer working with his squad and the benefit of no Europa League football – which should benefit our domestic form.
That, combined with some exciting new signings, should see us hit the ground running. In Klopp we trust!