Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp faced a lot of criticism when they let Philippe Coutinho go to Barcelona, especially because of the fact that they didn’t make a big-name signing to boost their offense and replace him.
However, former Red Robbie Fowler claims it was never Klopp’s intention to replace Coutinho, as he much rathered use that money to sign players with a ‘better work ethic’ that would fit his system better:
“You look at Jurgen Klopp as a manager, getting rid of Coutinho, okay he wanted to go but people are always saying ‘get someone to replace him’.He didn’t really want to replace him, he wanted different types of players who he felt would benefit Liverpool more, players who have maybe a better work ethic. That’s just the route he’s gone down and I think you’ve got to give him so much credit, Jurgen,” Fowler told talkSPORT.
Now, Liverpool are the defending European Champions and are currently sitting at the top of the English Premier League table, with Chelsea and Manchester City following their steps 8 points behind them.
However, Fowler thinks it’s not time to relax yet, as the team needs to keep their foot on the gas if they want to win their first EPL title in club history:
“There’s a long way to go. The cliches in football are there are many games and many points to be had. But the way Liverpool are playing, they are just brilliant. When you think of football last year in the Premier League, Liverpool had one problem which was Man City. Liverpool were so good last year and obviously the problem Man City have this year is Liverpool. Liverpool are incredible”, Fowler continued.
The Liverpool legend thinks the team still has some room for improvement and isn’t sold on the idea that they’ve peaked already, deeming them ‘an incredible team’ that’ll keep this push for many years to come:
“People are saying we’re watching performances but they haven’t really reached the heights of what they can do, and that’s a scary thought. I think he’s got them fit, he’s got them firing and they just look an incredible team,” he concluded.