Jurgen Klopp must win a trophy to prove Liverpool's improvement
At one point in October, Liverpool went 10 games with a solitary victory. But the pressure on Jurgen Klopp was pale in comparison to his other top-six manager contemporaries.
The German arrived in Liverpool in October 2015 after the club sacked Brendan Rodgers. He arrived in England with a reputation for his famous high-pressing, heavy metal football that had brought him so much success in charge of Borussia Dortmund. His time in England has arguably not been as merry as many thought it would be.
Liverpool have been far too inconsistent under Jurgen Klopp, but there have been signs of progress. The Reds have had an impeccable attack this season. Defensively though, the Merseysiders have been quite shaky. The addition of Virgil van Dijk is a sign of relief though.
Liverpool have been dealt a huge blow after Barcelona signed playmaker Phillippe Coutinho. The-25-year-old Brazilian left Anfield in a bid to compete for major trophies and many more would follow in his footsteps if Liverpool don’t start winning silverware soon.
Under Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool have reached two cup finals - the League Cup Final and UEFA Europa League Final, both in 2016 - of which Klopp has failed to win both. It is becoming a recurring thing, given that Klopp has lost his last five finals. It has been the case of so near yet so far for the German many a times now.
Liverpool’s stock has fallen in revenue years, but the signs of improvements are visible. The likes of Mane, Firmino, and Salah can trouble any defence in world football, but results must start coming through.
The ambitions of the Liverpool owners are relative. They seem content with maintaining a consistent Champions League place, which may serve as the springboard for bigger successes. The competition for trophies in English football is also at its peak with more clubs entering the title-race fold.
Before his arrival, Liverpool had struggled in mediocrity trying to challenge for the title while losing their best players and being challenged by the mental block that had stopped them from winning the league since 1990, with none coming in the Premier League era.
The squad Liverpool boast can rival any of the top ones, but a number of marquee players are needed to elevate the squad to another level. Salah has been a bargain, but the major powers in Europe will be looking hungrily at signing him if the 18-time English champions fail to build on what is a good team.
For all the attractive style of football Liverpool play, there are still fundamental issues to be addressed. The back line needs a good reshuffling before anything else. Signing a consistent goalkeeper is also a top priority.
Klopp is a brilliant manager, but with the likes of Conte, Mourinho, and Pep all still in the league, winning the Premier League remains difficult. The likes of the FA Cup and Carabao Cup should be taken seriously, as winning domestic cups will lead to more confidence when it comes to challenging for the bigger trophies.
Klopp needs a trophy to change the game in England like Conte did and make Liverpool enter discussions when it comes to winning titles.