At the dawn of 2017, Liverpool fans were particularly jubilant. The Reds had beaten Manchester City 1-0 at Anfield and cut Chelsea’s lead at the top to just six points. The win, even in the absence of their talisman Philippe Coutinho, seemed a strong statement of intent.
Liverpool had successfully navigated tricky away fixtures against Arsenal, Chelsea, Tottenham and Everton and were looking forward to a relatively easier second half of the season.
Fast forward four months and the mood has changed. There is a prevailing sense of fear in the fanbase. The loss at home to Crystal Palace means finishing in the top four is no longer in their own hands. Losing the fourth spot would hurt enough by itself, but if the spot is lost to Manchester United of all teams, alas, a Liverpool fan knows no bigger pain.
Suddenly there are a lot of aspersions cast on Jürgen Klopp. Every statement of his was headline material during the first half of the season. By contrast, his words sound hollow and rhetorical now. While a Liverpool title within a few years would have seemed a reasonable expectation in November, a lot more questions are being asked in April.
But Klopp is no stranger to slow starts and turning around doubters. He has proven his mettle in promotion dogfights, relegation scraps and title contests in Germany. After years of mediocrity, premature sackings and boardroom disputes, Liverpool finally have the feel of a family again – and they would be wise to keep their faith in the German gaffer.
Here are 5 reasons why Klopp will win Liverpool a league title.
#1 Liverpool are financially stable after years
After American owners Tom Hicks and George Gillet took over in 2007, the fans endured a few nightmarish years, even facing the threat of administration in 2010. Fenway Sports Group bid successfully for the club and took ownership in October 2010.
Juggling mounting debts alongside frequent managerial changes, FSG had to learn the art of running a Football Club the tough way.
But now, Liverpool are more stable and healthy commercially than they have been in over a decade. They’ve signed lucrative commercial deals in recent years. With the expansion of the main stand at Anfield, Liverpool will generate considerably higher matchday revenue in the coming years.
The club is finally in a position where it doesn't have to sell to finance debts. Thankfully, they have the right manager to take advantage of it.