Not literally – the chalk-roofed stadium was in very good condition, although its inhabitants experienced a loss of identity and meaning in Premier League and the Champions League.
The German manager, who previously enjoyed great success with Borussia Dortmund, victorious two Bundesliga back-to-back titles and the DFB Pokal, took the reins and created a dynasty on Merseyside, with Liverpool now winning the Premier League trophy and their sixth Champions League.
While notable stars such as Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson are the most significant signings such as James Milner and Joel Matipboth secured with free transfers, illustrate the clever moves that have rooted success.
Klopp has now been able to repeat his success by reaching his home league by signing Daichi Kamada from Eintracht Frankfurt, with the Japanese midfielder set to leave at the end of his contract in a few weeks.
According to ExpressThe 26-year-old is on the shortlist for the Reds’ upcoming new sporting director, Jorg Schmadtke, and could be a smart addition for a team looking to return to the fore after a volatile year.
Why would Liverpool sign Daichi Kamada?
It’s true that Matip and Kamada don’t have many similarities in their on-pitch abilities, but trying to close a well-considered deal for a player available on a free transfer from Germany could prove to be a fruitful avenue for Liverpool.
Though entangled in problems with his kit this season, the 31-year-old has been before praised as “dominant” and “confident” by former Reds defender Sami Hyypia.
Notably, Matip assisted Divock Origi’s decisive strike in the Champions League final and ranks among the top 3% of centre-backs in the top five European leagues over the past year for goals, and top 9% for progressive passing, top 1% behind progressive lead at 90 and top 6% for touches in the attacking box, according to FBref.
The £34,000 a week Kamada, a bipedal and a dynamic attacking midfielder, capable of thriving in a range of central and full-back positions, could be the perfect answer to Liverpool’s woes as the Merseyside side fail to qualify for the Champions League for the first time in seven seasons and are in dire need of midfield reinforcements with plenty exodus coming.
Liverpool need a new dimension and with Kamada, hailed as “thecharactertalent scout Jacek Kulig, scoring 16 goals and seven assists 46 appearances this year – including three goals in the Champions League – Anfield’s center could be rejuvenated with his arrival.
according to FBrefranks in the top 5% of midfielders for goals without penalties and in the top 20% for assists at 90, reflecting Matip’s natural instinct to jump forward, ranking in the top 10% for touches in the box at 90.
Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola said:exceptional teamwhich Klopp had created and Matip was indeed the centerpiece of that, and his arrival helped patch up the side when they needed a defensive replenishment.
Now the midfield needs attention and Klopp must repeat his past successes by cleverly targeting Germany to sign Kamada for free.