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MetiNews.Com - Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson spoke to Ian Doyle about the night that changed everything for Jurgen Klopp and exposed his ruthless streak

Liverpool news Lucky night exposed Klopp and changed Liverpool in unexpected way MetiNews.Com

MetiNews.Com - Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson spoke to Ian Doyle about the night that changed everything for Jurgen Klopp and exposed his ruthless streak

Liverpool news  Lucky night exposed Klopp and changed Liverpool in unexpected way MetiNews.Com
30 June 2020 - 02:08

Breaking News ! The evening when just about everything went wrong for Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool doesn’t seem one obviously laced with good fortune. But it helped prompt the Reds to make a decision that set them on the path towards ending their 30-year wait to be crowned champions of England. Events in the NSC Olimpiyskiy Stadium have been seared on the minds of supporters ever since that fateful night in Kiev more than two years ago when Loris Karius suffered a personal nightmare. His pain, though, has been Liverpool’s gain. And for five-time Reds title winner Mark Lawrenson, it was a turning point which very nearly didn’t happen. “You need luck,” he says. “And there was one way in which Klopp was fortunate, although it didn’t feel like it at the time. “I don’t think Liverpool would have signed a goalkeeper of Alisson Becker’s quality had Loris Karius not had his horror night in the Champions League final in Kiev. Sign up for the Liverpool ECHO daily Liverpool newsletter HERE “That perhaps made minds up, not just Klopp’s but those of the owners. They knew then that perhaps they should spend big on a keeper – and look what happened.” Karius hasn’t played another competitive game for Liverpool while Alisson was brought in for £65million and instantly became a key component of the side that has swept all before them, culminating in the end of that 30-year wait. And the treatment of the hapless goalkeeper highlighted an often overlooked Klopp attribute that has proven decisive in etching this team in the Anfield annals. “In terms of his important buys, Klopp hasn’t bought a dud with the exception of Karius – and he got rid of him,” suggests Lawrenson. “The manager has made every single player better. He has been ruthless enough when he has realised when they aren’t quite up to what he wants, then they go. “Klopp is very, very ruthless. People often forget that about him. But he has this openness and honesty that suggests that he will at least explain decisions he has made to the players in question.” Players, as will forever be the case, have made the difference for Liverpool, turning them from perennial underachievers to the European, world and Premier League titles. And Lawrenson has seen a similarity between Klopp and the most successful manager in the club’s history. “The players Klopp has signed are those who can fit into his team,” he says. “It is a bit like the days under Bob Paisley. Why was Paisley such a good manager? He had really good players. But they picked and bought the players to fit the system. “Klopp is very much in that fashion. He has had a definitive plan and bought players best suited to that. “He has signed some very good players who have become world class. You always hope that when you sign very good players to play alongside other very good players, that they then move on to that top level. But it doesn’t necessarily happen. “Are there are any better players in the Premier League in their position than the Liverpool front three? The goalkeeper? The right-back? The left-back? There aren’t. “Other teams have outstanding players. But, for example, would Harry Kane be as a good a player for Liverpool as Roberto Firmino? He might get more goals, but Firmino is so different, he is the glue for the front three. You notice him more when he’s not playing.” Liverpool are Premier League champions Inside Liverpool's title celebrations John Henry and FSG keep their promise Tom Werner on Klopp & FSG ambitions Boss responds to special Gerrard request The eye for a player from Klopp and his recruitment team has been evident from his first summer transfer window following his arrival in October 2015. Gradually, piece by piece, the Reds boss has put together his champion squad, aided by sporting director Michael Edwards and the unwavering backing of Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group. “When he signed Sadio Mane, you thought ‘hmm, not bad’ but £30m was a lot of money back in 2016,” says Lawrenson. “He was decent. But obviously, in the system Liverpool wanted to play, he was perfect. You look back, and we stole him. “Look at Mohamed Salah. I watched him play for Basel in the Champions League and thinking ‘he looks all right, he has a bit of pace’. But if you’d said then he’d turn out to be the player he has, I wouldn’t have believed you. “I’ve always said you are only as good as your worst player. And in this present Liverpool team, how many would you replace with someone else? “And what a good job Michael Edwards has done. Liverpool have also become good at selling players. Now they are a real top club again, their players come with a premium. “Even if, as a youngster, you don’t quite make it at Liverpool, other clubs will be interested as they’ll know you had a really good upbringing in terms of football education. It’s not easy to dislodge a player in your position who is probably world class.

. They took over at a difficult time when Liverpool already had their fingers burned by previous American owners. “But they had experience in owning sporting franchises, and they understood that with a manager like Klopp, they don’t want to overburden him and overly question what he does. Just let him do it.” Read More Related Articles 'This is our moment' - Jurgen Klopp writes open letter to the ECHO for the people of Liverpool Read More Related Articles PSG star Kylian Mbappe sent Liverpool transfer message It all resulted in Manchester City being left, along with everyone else, in Liverpool’s wake as the Reds racked up the records to ensure their first title since 1990. And as Lawrenson points out, there’s no real secret to what Klopp has achieved. Trying to stop it, though, is another matter entirely. “There can’t be any argument Liverpool are deserved champions,” he says. “They are champions with style. “They have a very obvious system of playing, but if it’s that obvious how come no team in the league can deal with it? “The two full-backs pile forward, Mane and Salah tuck in to give the full-backs room, the three midfielders generally keep the shape. And then there’s the pace in key areas that teams just can’t cope with, to be honest. “When you see Liverpool attacking, you never think they are going to concede a goal on a breakaway. They know exactly what they’re doing, they always have an extra man available to snuff out the danger. “Klopp has a team where everybody knows not just what they are doing, but what everybody else is doing and what they are trying to do.” Lawrenson adds: “That comes from the manager and coaching staff. They know what is needed. The players believe in what the manager says and they trust him. “I remember something Christian Benteke said when he was at Liverpool. He said Klopp was like a friend – but not your best friend. That was a great insight. “And the way Liverpool train – and we know how hard they work – they seem to be able to keep all their best players on the pitch as often as possible. That’s a massive thing – imagine if Virgil van Dijk was out for a few months?” Read More Related Articles Premier League title 2020/21 odds, are Liverpool favourites for next season Read More Related Articles Steven Gerrard loves new Liverpool backroom staff member who helped save his career Klopp has also not fallen into the trap of other previous Liverpool managers of living only in the present and possibly resting on hard-earned laurels. Players are being bought for the future, and the Academy is given chances to prove the worth of their efforts. “Look at the younger players Liverpool who are coming through,” says Lawrenson. “Harvey Elliott, there’s every chance in another 18 months Klopp won’t be able to leave him out the team. “Neco Williams looks a player, and Curtis Jones too. They are training with the first team regularly, and I can imagine Klopp is telling them to watch the senior pros and learn what standard is needed to make the first team. Klopp is planning one, two, five years down the line.” Nor has the Reds boss been afraid to embrace the past. While having long implored his players to take off the backpack of history, Klopp has always been willing to listen to those who brought those fabled glory days of the 1970s and 1980s. “I can tell you a story about this,” says Lawrenson. “Whenever I’ve gone down to meet him at Melwood, he has always been great. He doesn’t see you as a threat. “He isn’t frightened of what has happened in the past, of players who have won all those medals in the old teams. He gets the history of the club, and he has got that from the start. “And he really doesn’t talk rubbish. Klopp is very, very intelligent. “There was the afternoon he took the players to salute the Kop after a late equaliser in the 2-2 draw with West Bromwich Albion. "Klopp took a lot of stick from the London press for that, but his point was that if his team can’t play in a way that makes supporters think they can score very late, then why bother? In the end, Klopp was way ahead of the game. He knew what he wanted.” Must-read Liverpool FC news Klopp's letter to the ECHO Southampton's cheeky transfer message Klopp facing Lovren conundrum Tom Werner on Klopp & FSG ambitions So, now what for this all-conquering Liverpool team? “They just need to put it on repeat,” concludes Lawrenson. “They just have to keep winning. “The UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup are great on the CV, but the Premier League and Champions League are the ones. “I still maintain winning the league is the most difficult achievement, to be that consistent over 38 games when there are all the other competitions around it. “And it’s harder to retain the league than when I was playing. There are so many clubs now with a large financial capability. “If Liverpool win can go on a run of winning another couple of leagues with this team then they are well up there. And if they end up with three in a row, they’ll be the best team that has ever passed through the football club.”

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Liverpool news Lucky night exposed Klopp and changed Liverpool in unexpected way MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news Lucky night exposed Klopp and changed Liverpool in unexpected way MetiNews.Com


Liverpool news Lucky night exposed Klopp and changed Liverpool in unexpected way MetiNews.Com


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