Liverpool must stick to Jurgen Klopp’s transfer blueprint Ralf Rangnick wants at Man Utd
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LIVERPOOL may not have been uttered from the lips of new Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick, but the German indirectly praised Jurgen Klopp’s transfer blueprint. Upon realisation, if they ever do, United fans may grimace at that fact, while proceeding to avoid the smug smiles of Merseysiders.
“The club has had no continuity in signing new players and sticking to the DNA of the club,” Rangnick said in his first press conference at United. “In the future, the board members and myself have the same opinion. “It’s important not to have many changes in management.”
It is entirely plausible to suggest the 63-year-old German connoted his philosophy using these exact same words, to a United board, who have tried to jumpstart the Old Trafford winning machine with stardust.
Their original approach has made for some exceptional unveiling videos: Alexis Sanchez’s grand piano, and Paul Pogba’s golden spotlight come to mind.
Commercially, United have wiped the floor with most of their rivals, yet their performances on the pitch have only gone viral for the wrong reasons.
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Liverpool’s transfer business has not come close to garnering the levels of excitement and electricity of United’s business.
But their performances, their goals, their results, and their trophies tell a tale far stronger than 100 billion social media views. Klopp’s brilliance, creativity, and man-management has powered the Liverpool juggernaut to a Champions League and Premier League title.
He even treated the wounded beast and reinvigorated the Anfield winning machine that has since gone on to score at least two goals in its last eighteen matches.
Yet, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has not relied on his coaching diligence or miracles alone, as their recruitment has followed a precise framework.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Andrew Robertson, Fabinho, Virgil Van Dijk, and Alisson are the German’s premier signings, and they can all be filed under the very ‘Gegenpress’ blueprint, Rangnick will seek to introduce at Old Trafford.
Mane, Salah, and Robertson provide the speed and the horsepower of the fierce press, while Fabinho, Van Dijk, and Alisson are the strength, the time keepers, and the composure juxtaposing the organised chaos exploding around them.
If Reds supporters were to take a trip down memory lane to the time Chelsea beat them to the signature of Timo Werner, they would likely be confronted with previous posts bemoaning another missed opportunity.
They may have been even angrier when the Reds paid a fee, similar to what the Blues paid RB Leipzig, for Wolves winger Diogo Jota.
Jota’s seven goals and one assist in 34 appearances may have nodded heads but it did not exactly decry world beater.
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Now the Portuguese star is one of the Premier League’s most in form players with eight goals in his last thirteen appearances. Yet, the 24-year-old would not have been on the transfer wish list of many Liverpool supporters.
Next summer is set to be a significant transfer window with many global superstars such as Erling Haaland, Kylian Mbappe, and Dusan Vlahovic set to depart Dortmund Paris Saint-Germain, and Fiorentina respectively.
Liverpool could be Premier League or even Champions League holders, and they still will not be mentioned in the same breath as those illustrious goal scorers, to the likely frustration of their supporters.
Yet, Salah’s name was not emboldened anywhere close to the extent of the aforementioned trio, when he moved to Anfield from Roma in 2017.
Now his name, and that of Liverpool’s, shines brighter and higher than most players within his bracket.
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