Fans Put League Position Before Trophies

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It has a been a stop-start opening to the new campaign for Jürgen Klopp’s side. The past three mediocre performances have put matters into perspective and improvements need to be made if Liverpool are to kick-start their season again. After the dismal result at Man City, followed by dropping points at home in both the Champions and Premier League – Klopp urgently needs to pinpoint what’s going wrong and act upon it immediately. Improvements in personnel are now out of the question. Therefore, it’s now solely down to hard work on the training pitches at Melwood to iron out the persistent problems that are consistently occurring on the field of play.

At 5times, we are always extremely interested in finding out what you the fans think – so after yesterday’s disappointing draw against Burnley, we took to the polls to find out what realistic outcome would satisfy Liverpool fans this season.

10% of supporters voted that this campaign would only be deemed a success if come May Liverpool were crowned Premier League Champions. This would obviously be a massive ask. Rationally thinking – owing to the teams current defensive woes, the Reds are still quite a way off from winning major honours.

41% of you voted that winning any trophy this season would be a success for Klopp’s team. Obviously, a high-placed league finish would have to come hand in hand with this feat – as winning silverware and qualifying for the Champions League for the second season in a row is what the majority of Liverpool supporters would be content with. If not, then their expectations are simply too high.

Not that anyone will need reminding that Liverpool have only succeeded in lifting one trophy in the last eleven years – in the form of the less prestigious League Cup in 2012, against Cardiff City. Therefore, if Klopp is able to steer his team towards Europe’s elite for the second consecutive year, along with winning the FA Cup would be more than a satisfactory conclusion to the 2017/2018 season.

The winner of yesterday’s poll, taking 44% of the vote was: ” A top four finish”. After Klopp achieved Champion’s League Football in this first full-season at the helm, another top four finish would undoubtedly carry on the momentum and anything less would ultimately mean that progression has been halted. Failing to improve or maintain last season’s final position and consequently having to settle with hosting Europa League Football would certainly raise many questions amongst the fans.

Finally, 5% of voters told 5times that they just wanted to be entertained. Excitement is obviously an essential part of watching football matches and since 2015, Klopp has without a doubt improved the atmosphere in and around Anfield. Had it not been for constant defensive frailties then Liverpool’s attack minded style of play, instilled by Klopp could have been enjoyed a lot more.

The reality is that Liverpool fans have to continue to have patience and believe in Klopp and his players. The recent criticism directed at the manager by a small minority of fans is simply ludicrous. Klopp is visibly building something special after Brendan Rodgers’ unsuccessful stint at the club. Naby Keita – one of world’s most promising midfield players will be soon on the ranks and at some point in the near future the defence will be considerably strengthened.

Nevertheless, patience is something that Liverpool fans are slowly running out of – as ultimately they want to see their team back challenging for the major honours, both domestically and in Europe.

Carl Clemente (Clemente_carl)