Liverpool can learn two lessons from this season as Jürgen Klopp begins summer transfer overhaul

Jürgen Klopp has claimed there is not a lot to learn from Liverpool’s dismal 2022/23 Premier League campaign, but the Reds has gained at least two lessons.

The 2022/23 campaign has been a season to forget for Jürgen Klopp. The Liverpool boss failed to deliver a single trophy to Merseyside after almost winning four competitions just 12 months ago.

Not only that, but his Reds side finished fifth in the Premier League table, meaning Champions League football will not be witnessed at Anfield next term.

Klopp is still regarded as one of the very best in his field and rightly so, but he hasn’t performed to his usual elite standard this season. Liverpool has suffered for a number of reasons, but as a consequence of how things have transpired, the Reds boss will have learned several lessons.

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After managing his team’s final bout of the campaign on Sunday afternoon, though, Klopp played down the notion that he’s been presented with lessons. “There’s not a lot to learn,” he said (via liverpoolfc.com).

In reality, though, the 55-year-old has been given at least two big lessons over the past year.

Loyalty
Klopp is known for being a very loyal coach. In his first job in management, he remained at Mainz 05 for seven years before stepping up to bigger things, and he did the same at Borussia Dortmund. In fact, during his time in charge of BVB, the German denied Liverpool’s advances and instead decided to honor his contract until it was time for him to depart.

Since Klopp joined the Reds in 2015, his name has been attached with plenty of different jobs. Bayern Munich has courted his services for some time, as has the German FA when searching for a national team coach. Nevertheless, Klopp has remained loyal, and he has rewarded the players who have been loyal to him.

Throughout his time at Anfield, several players have sacrificed themselves for Klopp including the likes of Gini Wijnaldum, Roberto Firmino, James Milner and Adam Lallana to name but a few. Next year, none of those players who were here this season will remain at Anfield due to their contracts expiring but the suggestion has been that Klopp has wanted to keep them all.

This season, he’s almost been punished for his faith in his trusted lieutenants. Liverpool is ready for the next generation, but Klopp has appeared reluctant to remove his favorites from his team. A ruthless approach moving forward where those players are relied on less can help continue the evolution and prevent the drop-off.

Midfield is important
Liverpool has bought just one senior midfielder since the summer of 2018, and that player was Thiago Alcântara, who joined at the age of 29 at the time. For the most part, Klopp has almost neglected his midfield department and this term, he has been made to pay for doing so.