It’s impossible to say how much longer Jurgen Klopp will be in charge of Liverpool, but they shouldn’t be too concerned when that time comes.
Following in the footsteps of a manager like the former Borussia Dortmund manager, who has led Liverpool to the top of football, both domestically and internationally, is a near-impossible challenge
Sir Alex Ferguson and Arsene Wenger are the best instances of the disappointment that can follow the loss of a legendary head coach, with Manchester United still reeling a decade later following Fergie’s departure and Arsenal only now finding their feet under Mikel Arteta
Although it would be absurd to expect no adjustment period when the Germans depart, there is a high probability they will not take as long to recover.
It all depends on who Liverpool choose as his successor, although they are well-stocked in terms of personnel for the future.
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For years, Liverpool fans have questioned how they would replace Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, and Roberto Firmino, but the Reds have been able to bring in their possible replacements well ahead of schedule.
The latter has struggled to get in the team, something that would have been laughed at as the Brazilian was the player who made the forward line tick in Liverpool’s journey to becoming Premier League and Champions League winners.
But Diogo Jota has been a revelation for the Reds since joining from Wolves and now it’s hard to see how Firmino will regain his place from the Portugal star.
The same can be said about Luis Diaz who has hit the ground running for Liverpool after arriving from Porto in January.
Mane, another player who was once considered undroppable, is now looking over his shoulder after an indifferent campaign on the domestic front.
Diaz’s electric pace and high energy suits Klopp’s style of football down to the ground and he is primed to have a big future at Anfield.
Ibrahima Konate looks to be another brilliant piece of business too. The centre-half barely put a foot wrong when he has played and will feel hard done by the fact he hasn’t seen more first-team action, but what a prospect for the long term.
In truth, Liverpool needed more depth to get close to Manchester City in the title race and compete on four fronts, which is still a genuine possibility after their Carabao Cup win over Chelsea.
But it also sets them up nicely for the future when Klopp does leave and if Salah, Mane or Firmino follow suit.
Klopp had to take time to rebuild Liverpool post-Rodgers and that’s mainly because of the club’s poor recruitment during his tenure.
The Leicester manager might have brought the likes of Philippe Coutinho and Firmino to the club, but there were more hits and misses and he really struggled to fill the void left by Daniel Sturridge and Luis Suarez.
He splashed big money on Mario Balotelli, Danny Ings and Christian Benteke – all signings that failed miserably.
Klopp, meanwhile, has spent wisely throughout his time at the club, but more importantly he is not leaving them in the lurch when they eventually part ways.
Diaz, Jota and Konate will be able to learn from the best with the likes of Virgil van Dijk and Salah still at the club, enhancing the chances of a seamless transition for them and whoever takes up Klopp’s mantle.