So I had previously admitted to a wee bit of admiration for the Red Devils of Manchester. Today I will admit something else , Ive been watching the Pool a wee bit .
They are a team that until the last 5 or 6 years or so I never really “ got “ them and to be honest I had no time for them at all. A few things happened to change that opinion.
Social Aspect,,,Well its easy to find a Pool fan thats for sure, theres loads of them , which is good when youre up for a natter . One of the lads is a hardcore Pool fan and loves texting or talking about them.
History,,,even though Im not a Man United fan it still feels strange when you see the dugout or the interviews and Fergies not there,,it really does feel different and only Wenger would come close to making me feel like “ Hold on theres something missing here “ when they arent around.
And then to see them not cleaning up or at least in contention for the title is strange , very strange after seeing it for soo long and thinking will it ever end ? And its been what 6 years or so.
Then you think to yourself , hold on the Pool were the top dogs for a long stretch also and look what happened to them , fans must be gutted.
Well many if not most clubs in that situation could/would find it easy to fall into obscurity and experience a fall in attendance coupled with being a shell of nostalgia for “ the good ol days “ and every now and again theres a threat to try to be bold again . Teams such as Forrest spring to mind. Leeds even .
But the Pool , those fans cant get enough and have even been faithful enough to warrant a stadium expansion . And not just now that they are in the hunt and on the rise , no they didnt walk away , despite the hurt of seeing their club become average for quite a spell under Hodgson and Evans .
Another aspect to be admired is how the fans came together and had a walkout in protest at rising ticket prices , and the action stalled the hands of the owners. Try getting the Celtic fans to even anonymously blog about a walkout and the dogs of war are let loose so that must be commended .
The Transparency,,,I actually know more about that club at the moment than I do the club I chose. The owners and manager are clear in their plans and will share them believing that its for the best all around . I cannot agree more.
Klopps strategy you probably already know so this will be kinda brief. He has a career plan ,,, 7 years at each club ( ideally ) . In that 7 years he goes all out to bring that club to the maximum height it can go. He will only jump on board if the owners agree to his vision and plan .
On the pitch its pretty simple . He accepts good players for most positions knowing he personally plus his system will improve them to where he is sufficiently happy.
However for his system to work he needs key positions to be world class top drawer .
Central defence and goalkeeper he has deemed as those key positions thus two world record transfer fees in said areas.
The owners agree with his plan and see it as a win win all around. Screw PSG this is the most exciting team in Europe.
The tactics,,,if youre looking for good football look no further . You will see a team with a plan and players giving their maximum FOR THE SYSTEM. Thats refreshing for a start in this social media ego age.
And its a beautiful system that at first I was unsure of , Firmino as a “ false nine “.
I dont like the term either but if you watch his play you will get it. To be that player you must have a serious engine , physicality , and a very very good touch as the ball usually just doesn’t come in a neat little pass . That player makes himself available , receives , releases , and re-positions himself closer to the goal to either pass or shoot . The entire system hinges on his ability and workrate allied with the support he receives once the ball has initially been collected . Jurgen had them all on the same wavelength . “Bobby “ has mastered the role and has convinced me thats for sure.
The fans,,,I mean if you cant hold your hands up to a fan base’s devotion through the non glory years then what can you applaud ? They seriously love that team , theres no doubt about it . I know one swears the KOP can suck the ball into the back of the net ffs . I do think Celtic Park does a better YNWA but thats only my opinion. The manager recently sat down for an hour with a fan podcast and wasnt vague at all which was great . Hes a character , but hey , hes getting a kick out of this also you sense. The fans, to me anyway , deserve every bit of success that comes their way .
The Point,,,I reckon they take that league at long last this season and not only that I think once that barrier is broken they wont stop . They are one of the few clubs that are actually aligned ,,,Pep says I want to win the league again as that shows you are a great side to retain the league ,,,funny if winning the league was all that counted Pellegrini would still be there . The owners however announced they see no reason to not go for a historic quadruple with such a manager and squad . Watch a rift appear at some stage , probably when hes knocked outta Europe . Not even on the same page yet hundreds of millions of pounds are at stake not to mention reputations. And this is at the very top tables of the “ Beautiful “ game !
Jose aint getting support and the fans blame the Chairman , he aint challenging this year .
Chelsea will have to be seen off but if Hazard is their beating heart he rarely lasts a full season.
Spurs manager just got flung under the bus ala Brendan , he aint gonna challenge.
When you throw in the fixture table they have got the kindest league fixture draws of the big 4 with all league games at home after Champions Leagues group stage games. Handy that eh ?
Im telling ya,, this May will be Mad on the Mersey !