"My staff was emotional, Sunderland staff too. If you look at your ticket, you can see it is included that if nothing happens on the pitch you can watch the Liverpool bench," Liverpool coach Jurgen Klopp said, joking about his aggressive behavior toward Sunderland coach Sam Allardyce. Well, Klopp was always a character, but there is a special reason to why he is doing more than coaching on the bench nowadays. Given that the English Premier League is full of "legbreakers" such as Tony Pullis and Sam Allardyce, Klopp has to show some teeth to those thugs in order to protect his fragile team.
However, Klopp is not the only one; Arsene Wenger, Rafael Benitez, and many others were also constantly targeted for their reformist views and "deviant" game play. Thus, it is not shocking to see Klopp going crazy on the bench or watching Sam Allardyce calling him "soft German." Added to that, unfortunately the English football media is also highly influenced by the Sir Alex Ferguson gang and just like the Turkish media, a lot of reviews criticize Klopp without even bothering to understand what he is trying to do. For instance, Alan Smith from the Guardian wrote:
"Until Christian Benteke's sixth goal against the Black Cats in seven appearances, the pattern was becoming worryingly familiar for Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool. Those who play direct and physical are proving more difficult to break down. Beforehand the captain, Jordan Henderson, warned against overplaying, their supposed undoing in the defeats by Newcastle and Watford."
You smell that too? "Beforehand the captain, Jordan Henderson warned against overplaying." See kids, this is how you quietly blackmail a coach. But can you tell me who is in charge of this club, Jordan Henderson or Jurgen Klopp? The answer should be easy but it is not, because Klopp's strategies challenge columnists, his opponents and his own players. Just like in the Turkish examples, people who cannot handle stretching and adapting themselves to groundbreaking ideas try to impose upon others their old and expired ways.
Furthermore, if you continue to read between the lines, you can see Smith glorifying Allardyce and Pullis by saying "those who play direct and physical are proving more difficult to break down." So, according to Smith you have to be just like them, in order to beat Allardyce and Pullis, by "being more direct."
Nevertheless, if Smith, Henderson and many others had grasped the paradigm of Klopp's strategy, they would have known what they proposed was totally unacceptable. Seeing as almost all civilized coaches, ironically including Klopp, know the importance of ball possession and creating available spaces in the right time, you cannot expect them to throw these away by making their team reach to the penalty box with two passes. This not only makes it impossible to establish dominance and execute sophisticated set plays but also paves the way for counter-attacks. Thus, it is absurd to suggest this game while English football has not finished mourning Mourinho's game.On the other hand, there are some real problems that Jurgen Klopp must solve immediately - that is, the final set plays before the goal. Putting aside the directness nonsense, Klopp could have implemented his "Gegenpressing" (counter-pressing) strategy for the executions, but his forward players are unfortunately not ready for such strategy. Christian Benteke, Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are not aware of their defensive duties and are passive when they do not possess the ball. Thus, rather than Gegenpressing, Klopp chose to implement a pure form of tiki-taka, which is way harder in the short term but ultimately more fruitful.
To sum up, this season probably will not be rewarding for Liverpool in terms of success, but I am 100 percent sure that their investments will show their effects in the next season. My only conditions are being loyal to his strategy and some replacements in the squad, especially the offensive side. Then, Liverpool fans will finally enjoy a dominant, energetic Liverpool after a long wait.