Liverpool-West Ham (Premier League, Day 12): The Reds, or Football Myopia
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Liverpool-West Ham (Premier League, Day 12): The Reds, or Football Myopia

Football suffers from myopia. We experience it in an increasingly constrained time, where there is only a constant flow of the present, from match to match, from rumor to rumor, from ‘crisis’ to ‘crisis’. The fact of the weekend is forgotten the next day. Instead of forming our judgment in a continuum, relying on what was to understand what is there, we fall under the thumb of instantaneous perception, ready to accept what we deny in the previous moment, and vice versa.

So, for a few weeks, we were able to talk seriously about the world of Liverpool’s “retreat”. We talked about cycles of seven seasons, the seventh of which will inevitably be the last, which will be specific to Jürgen Klopp’s career. The numerologist recognizes himself in this “logic”.

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What happened in Mainz (seven years, then went away) also happened in Dortmund (like himself) and will therefore happen in Liverpool, where Klopp just celebrated his seventh birthday. We are superstitious in football. Such a player must put his right foot first; And the number seven, associated with the German coach, could not fail to be fatal for him. It’s silly, but that’s how it is.

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A little history. In Mainz, Klopp left after a seven-year period during which the club, whose budget was among the most modest in the Bundesliga, was able to rise to the elite, but not immediately. He stayed there for three seasons, a real achievement, after which he returned to the second division. Klopp stayed put despite the relegation; And when he could not guarantee a new rise, he resigned, as he declared that he would if he failed in his mission. He “failed” – by two points.

He also knew that what he had achieved had triumphed over the leaders of Borussia Dortmund, and that it was time to test himself at a more ambitious club: not one cycle was over, but another, which was beginning. What can compare to what happened at BVB? nothing.

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Which catalyzed his departure, a departure he had initiated on his own, again, the deeper reason being his disagreement with the club’s hiring policy, which had allowed Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski to leave against his wishes.

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unwavering support

Talking about “cycles” is not in vain in itself. Legendary Hungarian coach Bella Guttmann, two-time European champion with Benfica, confirmed that the coach’s age is three years, no more; But these cycles have as much to do with the group’s ability to renew as they have to do with the wear and tear that a long stay in the team can cause.

Some coaches make it a working method, like Jose Mourinho and Antonio Conte nowadays, “using” technicians if there is one of them. Klopp is being put into another mold, with the same requirements, but more flexible. He is also in his support club and he continues to support him and he relies on players who have not lost the confidence he inspires them with.Anyone who doubts that will have to reconsider the victory over Manchester City so few expected this weekend. The audience ? As Jamie Carragher said, “Ask anyone in this stadium (Anfield) if they would like their coach to be someone other than Klopp, and the answer will be the same. We want him to stay as long as possible

However, for the first time in his life at such a point in his club career, Klopp has pledged to stay beyond the famous seven years, until 2026.

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Similarity 2020-21

All is not well at Liverpool, that’s for sure. The title is already out of reach. The way the Reds fell to Manchester United is yet to be understood. Liverpool in the 2022-23 season is still standing on its feet, one day in deep trouble against rising Fulham, another irresistible day, as Bournemouth and Rangers paid the price; And often in between, uncertain, fragile, yet uncomfortable in his new skin.

However, accused Klopp can invoke extenuating circumstances. If we compare it with Manchester City, the workforce at their disposal is not bloated, especially in the midfield. Whether one or two key players are in poor shape, as Salah was until recently, or a little late, as was the case with Van Dijk until his concert against City, the impact is immediately felt. And there, not one or two players were stopped, but more than six.

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Thiago Alcantara, the watchmaker in this team, was injured on the first day, and his absence had dire consequences for the Reds, as we said here in August. Diogo Jota, who injured his thigh, missed the first five days of the tournament, and here he is again unavailable, God knows until when. Luis Diaz won’t be back until Boxing Day. We’re still without news from Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain. Trent Alexander-Arnold is going through a very personal period of doubt. Konate, Matip winced too. Arthur Melo’s operation had to be performed at the beginning of the month. Darwin Nunez, who had just arrived, had to be suspended for three matches. And Sadio Mane is no longer there. This is a lot, this is very much.Taking into account the necessities of the situation

Liverpool are resuming the 2020-21 season, which no one seems to want to face, when injuries and COVID disease plagued the Reds. Three wins – and eight losses – in fourteen games between December 27 and March 7, twelve points out of forty-two, a potential disaster. It was somewhat of a miracle, and thanks to Arsenal’s fatigue, Liverpool finished third that season. That didn’t stop the following from being great. Have we already forgotten how close Liverpool came to achieving the quartet just a few months ago? It seems so.

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It is entering an era of super-elite, in England as in the rest of the major leagues, we have come to a normalization of what, in the nearly century and a half that preceded it, would have seemed skewed. We now expect the English champion to flirt with 100 points. A streak of ten straight wins is no longer exceptional. Manchester City lined up at 14 in 2018-19 and fifteen in 2020-21, Liverpool 18 in 2019-20. He expects nothing less from a top club – meaning that Manchester City and their only real rival in the past five seasons, Liverpool, who are nowhere near similar resources to those of the Citizens, such as Jurgen Klopp, were certainly not wrong in remembering him. He. She.

Jurgen Klopp and Pep Guardiola

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This is ridiculous, and most importantly, we have internalized the new system as if it were natural, to the point of seeing everything from the perspective of the “superclubs” – or what we expect of them, when their reasoning is possible. Apply only to a handful of them.

When the great Liverpool of the eighties was crowned champion for four out of five years, between 1981-82 and 1985-86, it was by conceding at least six defeats per season. In 1983-1984, when he was also the European champion, he won the title with 80 points – in a championship with twenty-two clubs, which is equal to 72 points in the current context.

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And 72 points would the Reds total exactly at the end of 2022-23 if they win their next game (at home against West Ham on Wednesday, and away to loser Nottingham Forest on Sunday) and continue to do so. Until the end of this campaign. It would not be surprising if Liverpool, who were in 12th place before their victory over City, climbed six or more places in the standings in less than a week. What do we write next?

As for Manchester United 1998-1999, the hat-trick “the best team in the history of the Premier League” for some, it scored 79 points as champions. Leicester in 2015-16? 81 points. No, this story is not old, and when we remove it from our awareness, we blind ourselves. The present is not always right.
Dortmund finished seventh, reaching the round of 16 of the Champions League and the German Cup final.

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