Liverpool’s perfect August has been rewarded pretty often. First came the player awards, capped most recently by Mohamed Salah taking home the team’s Player of the Month Awards earlier this week. Today comes the news that Jurgen Klopp has been named Premier League Manager of the Month.
Klopp’s being selected seems like an obvious choice given not only Liverpool’s results - they remain the only unbeaten team in the entire league - but also because those results have lead to Liverpool standing at the top of the table. In this early run of matches, Liverpool are the best team in the league on balance and Jurgen Klopp’s steering of the team during the month deserves particular praise.
Specifically, Jurgen had to deal with two crucial blows in the lead up to and early stages of the season: superstar midfielder Naby Keita and world’s best goalkeeper Alisson Becker were both lost before the end of the first league match for Liverpool.
Keita’s injury was always likely: he seems to have been rushed back early from a set of injuries dating back to the final quarter of the previous season in order to play for Guinea in the African Cup of Nations. Seeing him end up with another injury set back, while sad, always seems a very possible outcome.
Losing Alisson Becker, though, inside of the first half of the first Premier League match of the season against Norwich was certainly a shocker. And while Adrian has certainly come up big when the club has needed it, there was a certain sense of panic at the time amongst Reds fans across the globe.
Jurgen Klopp managed to guide the club through these early moments with the type of grace and can-do attitude that we’ve come to expect from our gaffer over the years. And watching the product on the pitch, it’s clear that his influence is impressed upon the rest of the lads. I mean, a few seasons ago we were dealing with a sense of anxiety that seemed run through the entire team. Now, we’ve got mentality monsters.
Cheers, then, to Jurgen Klopp on another accolade well-earned. And here’s hoping that the lads put on a show this Saturday against Tyneside’s own Newcastle that can help earn the gaffer and our players more monthly accolades in September. Cause one can only imagine that posting a run of matches similar in result if not in quality to those played in August would certainly ensure not only personal awards, but the all-too-coveted prize we’re all seeking: the Premier League title.