- Sep 25, 2012
This. Just because we have our recruitment spot on and the players we do and would have signed are perfect for how we would have used and developed them doesn't mean others have their shit together. You look back at players and can frequently point at the one moment it all went to shit for them because of that one move to an ill fitting side or manager. If Klopp had have got hold of these targets and used them in the way that he planned they could have achieved their potential. Likewise if a player like say Robertson had have gone elsewhere would he now be recognised as quite possibly the best attacking left back (and importantly not left wing back) in the world? A player who can both defend and attack to the highest standards? What if someone like Roy had got him at Palace and anchored him to defensive duties or a team that played him just as a wing back with no defensive duties or a team that just played awful full stop? Its one of the reasons I look at some past Klopp targets whose careers have stuttered and think "well actually there must be something there that hasn't been realised yet or we wouldn't have wanted them"! Guys like Dembele and Lemar who are unfancied and unwanted at their current sides and may even be available on loans with options to buy. Could Klopp still make them what they could have been for a fraction of what it would have cost? Its one option that may be open to us, especially as next seasons CL looks like it'll put more fixture congestion challenges on the squads now and they are still trying to go ahead with AFCON this coming Jan. We might need to think outside the box if we still don't want to shackle ourselves to a major financial obligation this summer by buying a top player.I often think like that but then counter that with a feeling of sorrow for the player with the knowledge that if we had signed them they would now be exactly what we'd hopped due to the brilliance of Klopp and his coaching team.