Monday , January 18 2021

Liverpool, the four "missing" medals – and how could it be so different for Jurgen Klopp



It was Liverpool's difficult position for most of the season.

Reds have managed to win a 27 Premier League prize, from a possible 33 offer so far, to keep looking for a first league title in what will be 29 years in May .

Manchester City – for all their splendor of attack and defensive excellence – will no longer disappear from Jurgen Klopp's eyes.

For now, the city is clearly visible, and Liverpool even has the chance to overtake Sunday when they have the most defensive defense of the Fulham division before the Manchester derby.

For some, however, the bottle remains half empty.

Much of the focus – and, in some places, the evil – centered around a gameplay that is said to have no spark and no creativity.

Such accusations took place Tuesday night after Liverpool worked in Belgrade, being wiped off by the fascinating talents of Xerdan Shaqiri, who remained on Merseyside after he became public enemy no. 1 in Serbia for his political celebration for Switzerland in the World Cup.

Klopp on Henderson and fitness of Keita

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Liverpool's midfield, for better or worse, is a new look at the options that Klopp might require 12 months ago.

While Reds manager was still able to count Philippe Coutinho and Emre Can as Liverpool team players, Klopp also had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain available.

And despite Fabinho's and Naby Keita's summer arrivals, the fact that Klopp was ready to approve a £ 50m deal for Nabil Fekir suggests that he knows that an additional spark in the car room might be needed during a customary campaign.

For various reasons, Liverpool, at one point or another in the past 12 months, wanted all four to be part of the Reds field.

As such, Klopp is unable to appeal to any of them because he is trying to rediscover the vicious striker that Liverpool has done last season.

It could have been so different in the car room.

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain

Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain arrives

Oxlade-Chamberlain was undoubtedly in the shape of his career when he cruelly led his season ended in April.

Here England's versatile international eventually got the chance to play in its favorite role as a midfielder attacked after years of trick according to Arsene Wenger at Arsenal.

A harmless blow near the line saw a serious, long-term blow to his knee, ending his campaign instantly and making him miss the final of the Champions League and the World Cup.

Klopp will reveal in July that Oxlade-Chamberlain was also expected to lose most of the 2018/19 campaign, as the midfielder has slowly returned to fitness.

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"It seems that now is the right time to tell people that for Ox, the next season will be focused on recovery and detoxification," Klopp said.

"I knew that one day after being hurt and after the successful surgery, we were sure about it."

Keep in mind that the bomb has fallen.

Oxlade-Chamberlain will return to this part of the Liverpool team and eventually add the strength, rhythm and power he posted weekly in the second half of the season.

However, such a vision will not be forthcoming soon and it will be given a broad chance to fully fit before it expects to contribute significantly.

Philippe Coutinho

Philippe Coutinho celebrates Barcelona's first goal
Philippe Coutinho celebrates Barcelona's first goal

Coutinho was on his way to the best scoring season as a Liverpool player when Barcelona made its way to Brazil in January.

The attacking midfielder was so often conducting in the middle of the Liverpool field, providing regularly the devastating front of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, while he also managed to score a few goals.

However, Barca, who was returned by Liverpool with the aplomb in the previous summer, returned at the beginning of the year and gave a 142 million pounds of strength to take him to Camp Nou.

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Liverpool kept dust dry because they weighed potential replacements and instead improved their bottom line with a £ 75m contract for Virgil van Dijk – a transfer that was arranged before Coutinho's exit.

Klopp admitted he did not want to lose no. 10, but he did not see any sense in keeping his wishes for the second half of the season.

"It was not the fact that we talked and Phil said that my head is somewhere else," Klopp said. "It was clear after we said it would not work. We know when the club tried it all."

Emre Can

Emre Can de Juventus in action during the pre-season

According to Coutinho, Canada's summer departure was not so intense that it was not lost as much as Oxlade-Chamberlain, but the loss of a 24-year-old German midfielder for nothing was not scary.

Liverpool and Klopp never wanted to be able to leave Anfield, but when they first became interested, the former Leverkusen opted for Merseyside for Torino when he joined the Italian Giants Juventus.

"I want to thank all the people of Liverpool, the coaches, the staff, the staff behind the staff, the supporters, everyone," he said after leaving.

"I will always think back with a smile and a piece of my heart will always be in Liverpool." It was a great honor for me to play for Liverpool and I hope to see you again a day again, be careful, Emre yours.

Again, Klopp thought he wanted his compatriot to stay at Anfield beyond his contract, saying: "We have to create a situation where players want to stay – that's all we can do as a club like team and me a manager. "

He has only made three starts for Serie A champions since he moved.

Nabil Fekir

Nabil Fekir celebrates after the match in the Champions League match between Manchester City and Lyon
Nabil Fekir celebrates after the match in the Champions League match between Manchester City and Lyon

The transfer saga of the summer.

The exchange proposed by Nabil Fekir to Anfield was triggered at 11 o'clock in dramatic circumstances when Lyon ended the negotiations with Reds sensationally.

France's international was expected to join the Reds before Les Bleus took off for the World Cup in June after medical club staff flew to Paris after a breakthrough in negotiations.

A second opinion on a long-term knee problem was wanted by Liverpool and, despite internal TV interviews with LFCTV, Fekir remained at OL.

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"Olympique Lyonnais informs that negotiations with Liverpool and Nabil Fekir for the transfer of Captain OL have failed and that Olympique Lyonnais has decided to end this negotiation tonight at 20:00," read a statement in June.

Despite having two months to return to the negotiating table, an agreement did not materialize and Fekir remained the captain of Lyon when the Premier League transfer window was closed in early August.

The World Cup winner is once again in a great form for Ligue 1, claiming four goals and assists in 10 appearances.


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