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- Aug 13, 2008
I don't disagree with any of that, and I do think Salah's real level is somewhere between where he is now and where he was say January.We didn't spend anything in Jan 2014 when the PL was more open and we genuinely stood a chance of winning the league. I don't expect us to spend anything this January when City are so much better than everyone else and we stand less chance.
I see the reality of last season as slightly different. When we had the fab 4 we were playing the best attacking football I had seen since 87/88. We weren't overachieving during that period. We were just brilliant and predictably so. Couldn't defend well enough though but then we bought VVD and suddenly that gap is plugged. Then one week later off goes Coutinho. Another gap is created and so the game begins again.
From then on we didn't over-achieve as such but we were fortunate. There were no injuries to Salah, Mane or Firmino. One of them goes down and our season could have turned out very different. Now we're saying that Salah is just a very good player but probably can't do it again. The performances aren't as good (even though the results are better) and we are asking why the attack isn't firing all cylinders. Isn't it obvious? It's just not possible for us to keep wringing every last bit of juice out of three players for an entire season. It's why Klopp, sensibly, is keeping it tighter this season (and being criticised for it by some).
For me it's about strengthening when we're already strong and this is the strongest we've been for years. If there are players available who can help us creatively then we should be all over them in January.
But, I look around, and think of which player I would want to make that difference, and I just don't see any single one. I do hope we strengthen, although my expectation is probably closer to yours - the league will have to be within real sight if that is to happen coming off the back of this past summer, particularly because I simply don't expect Klopp to want changes in January.