Opinion

Slowly but surely…

It was the Summer of 2014, and Liverpool had just completed a remarkable season that saw them finish second and come within a whisker of lifting the Premier league title for the first time in a generation.

As the World cup approached and the transfer season got underway, reinforcements were made and scouted in order to enhance the squad for the upcoming season.

While the latter ensued, a kick to the bowels came in the form of Luis Suarez biting Giorgio Chiellini, and sealing a move to Barcelona.

The money from the deal, in the region of £75million, was used to reinvest in the squad and strengthen the latter.

A total of nine players were brought in, then reduced to eight, as Divock Origi was loaned out.

Though an attempt by Brendan Rodgers to acquire and instil quality within his team and distribute the goals amongst the squad, the Ulsterman inadvertently created his own downfall as the large influx of players, coupled with the loss of the main target man, meant that gelling and functioning as a team failed to materialise.

The season would be an erratic rollercoaster ride that was more bad than good, and ultimately cost Rodgers his job the following season.

KLOPP’S TIME

Jurgen Klopp came in and gradually started shaping and moulding the team in his own image, using the transfer windows that was at his disposal to procure the players that would fit the required profile.

Sadio Mane, Gini Wijnaldum, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Mo Salah are a few the names that were signed by Klopp whom have nailed down berths within the squad, forming the nucleus of the team along with the likes Lovren, Firmino, Lallana, Milner, Henderson and others; players whom were present and signed by previous management.

As the German’s third-year anniversary approaches, he will have team at the helm that fits the identity he sought to create when he entered through the Shankly gates for the first time.

The explosive midfielder that is Naby Keita has been yielded and his red carpet arrival draws ever near, while the acquisition of Fabinho only strengthens the midfield battle and the overall quality of the ever-improving team, thus creating the much-needed depth that Reds fans have been crying out for.

Further arrivals may come in the form of Nabil Fekir and a few others, but four years after the Summer that dampened the squad, this summer has the potential to fill the hole that can ensure the injection of quality and depth that the Reds desire.

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