Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has declared that “this is my squad now” after a busy summer transfer market in which he has overseen various changes.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach arrived at Anfield in the early part of last season to replace Brendan Rodgers, and had to work with the squad that he inherited.
After making two cup finals in his first year in charge, Klopp received plaudits for the work that he did at the club last season, but ultimately many felt it was merely just the start of things to come.
Having now had the entire summer to strengthen his squad, the 49-year-old has made various signings, bringing in Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Loris Karius, Ragnar Klavan, Alexander Manninger and Joel Matip this summer alone.
Jordon Ibe, Joe Allen, Martin Skrtel, Kolo Toure and others have all left with more expected to be on their way out, and so there has indeed been quite the transformation since Klopp’s arrival.
In turn, he’s now put his neck on the line and welcomed pressure after insisting that this is now his squad and that there are no excuses for him not to succeed with the Reds moving forward.
“I am happy with my team now, and all I can say is we will be a challenger, we will fight for everything, for every cup and what’ll happen in the end we will see,” he said, as reported by ESPN FC.
“Certainly at the moment we should not look for excuses and say things like ‘I need another year’ or things like that.
“This is my squad now. After all the transfers, this time it is my team. There are probably no players here any more I don’t want. There are no signings I didn’t want, we have not sold anyone I didn’t want to.
“And if you have seen them in training, there is a special quality that we did not have last year. Above all, you can see we have created a special atmosphere, not only in our team but with our fans.”
Having made so many changes and been backed by the club, the responsibility of ensuring that Liverpool compete both at home and abroad will now rest firmly on Klopp’s shoulders.
The German tactician has certainly created a positive environment, as noted in his comments above, but that will matter little if he is unable to secure the results on the pitch where it all matters most.