The manager has been backed by just about enough and not a great deal more than has been necessary to achieve success. This ‘backing’ consisted of essentially spending nothing beyond what we brought in through player sales for three of his six seasons. Where we have spent money, the very fact that we’ve been able to make major signings is in no small part down the fact we’ve been successful on the pitch in the first place — Coutinho doesn’t go for £140m if he isn’t playing in such a way that Barce think they are singing the next Brazilian superstar. We don’t have the revenues to pay the wages or the promise of success to lure the best players if we aren’t getting to CL finals or challenging in the league.
Often when it is said that Klopp should be grateful that he has been given the tools to do the job, the same people proceed to list players he has helped turn into some of the best players in the league — Robertson, Trent, Mo, Sadio, Bobby — as if they were already world class players to begin with. Similarly the fact that we spend more on wages than before or paid out big wage bonuses after winning the CL and league is because he has built a team that has been so successful. This is presented as further evidence of ‘backing’ when it is really a reflection of the manager being phenomenally good at his job.
The manager has spent over £560 million since he arrived at the club - he doesnt scrimp and save for pennies , £560million on multiple players which have already been highlighted- does it matter where the money comes from , is VVD a better signing if the £80mil came from a different source ?
It’s all part of the make up of how the team works - and it’s exactly how we worked in the 80’s when I grew up , the club sold players and others arrived to replace them , there was no big pot of golf to dip into , the club worked within their financial boundaries and used their outstanding scouting and coaching team to build winning teams - they were bought using an endless purse of money as if player a football simulator
As for the wage bill - through out the 90’s and 00’s we lost out on multiple players because the club didn’t pay the big wages as well as offer the wage increases to keep players , it’s as key to keeping a team successful and together as is winning trophies and buying players - even more so when it’s incentive based
I don’t think anyone has suggested Klopp should be “grateful” or that he isn’t doing an outstanding job - it’s more the fact that Klopp can’t do it on his own - Klopp himself has said that yet some fans dismiss it
It’s like when things don’t go well the owners get the blame for not giving the manager the tools - one person can’t get all the credit when it goes well and one person can’t get all the blame when it doesn’t