The sheer opportunity to watch games where Liverpool line up Sadio Mané, Roberto Firmino and Mohamed Salah as the front three should have fans drooling in anticipation.
A fresh season brings along a general sense of cheer and optimism among football fans as they look forward to their team’s performances with renewed hope and excitement.
There is, however, a curtain of despair hanging over the senses of most Liverpool fans – well, at least those on social media – and the overall approach to the new season has been somewhat passive/morose.
Do not get me wrong – the fans are not to blame; inactivity in the transfer market and rejection in the pursuit of first-choice targets were primary causes of disappointment among the fan base.
Philippe Coutinho’s transfer request on the eve of a new season and a brutal blow in the form of an injury to Adam Lallana have additionally dampened the mood of fellow Reds.
Liverpool’s defensive shortcomings are not a new story; the Reds simply continued from where they had left off last season.
The team’s ineptitude in dealing with set pieces continued to dominate headlines after last Saturday’s outing at Vicarage Road on the opening weekend. Watford drew level in the 93rd minute from a corner and Liverpool dropped 2 points away from home, despite being in the lead until the penultimate minute.
‘Same old Liverpool’, everyone said – moaned/cribbed/decried whatever.
There is no masking the Reds’ woes in defence; that it has not been addressed during the ongoing transfer window besides strengthening the squad, is what fans are complaining about.
An underlying air of inevitability pervades the stadium when Liverpool try to defend a corner; there is a visible sense of relief/dejection depending on whether the threat has somehow been dealt with or not, respectively.
— Anfield HQ (@AnfieldHQ) August 14, 2017
Amongst all the doom and gloom, it must not be forgotten that the 2017/18 Premier League season has kicked off only a week ago; just one game has been played and there are several more to look forward to.
Understanding Jürgen Klopp’s philosophy
The proverb ‘Attack is the best form of defence’ comes to mind every time Liverpool play. Klopp has always maintained his style; be it Germany or England, the boss’ demands from his players remains the same.
It is imperative therefore, that Reds fans understand how Klopp’s philosophy and management works.
Liverpool are only the third side to have been managed by the German, who started off his coaching stint with 1. FSV Mainz 05 followed by a very successful spell at Borussia Dortmund.
It is indeed his stint at the latter that brought him worldwide fame; the world sat up and took notice of a Bundesliga side (other than the rich-and-mighty Bayern Munich) that played attacking football and also stormed into the Champions League finals in 2014.
For those unaware, Klopp’s sides have never been renowned for defensive discipline. Sitting back and inviting wave after wave of attack and using the slightest window to counter-attack – that is not how gegenpressing works.
Sure, Liverpool have flaws but which team doesn’t? That is no reason to not be excited for the next game.
Social media fume and conspiracy theories have a way of getting to the head, but remember to live in the present.
Enjoy a game while it lasts, celebrate a goal when it is scored; cheer a back-heel/nutmeg when you see it live!
Don’t forget Klopp’s focus on attack is the reason we had the pleasure of watching a see-saw against Norwich in Klopp’s debut season.
The exhilarating humdinger against Dortmund in the Europa League quarters, which is now as celebrated as the comeback at Istanbul – was made possible with belief in a man, and his system and style.
It is therefore, essential not to be overwhelmed by pessimism; keep reminding yourself to look at the bright side and believe that all is not lost before it has even well and truly begun! Up the Reds!