Jurgen Klopp has quietly put to bed one of the regukar excuses used by Alan Pardew and now Steve McClaren.
The Newcastle bosses, current and past, have regularly blamed cup matches as a distraction, cutting into the preparation time for the supposedly more important Premier League matches.
Pardew in particular was fond of this one, spending the entire time Newcastle were in the Europa League, moaning about the playing Thursday/Monday routine.
Following Newcastle being knocked out of the competition, Alan Pardew disgracefully welcomed the fact that United would not be in Europe the following season.
Obviously it does bring extra challenges, as does playing lots of extra games in the domestic cup competition, not that we would know much about that…
However, not only has Jurgen Klopp turned Liverpool’s Premier League season around, he has done that hitting the ground running despite the demands of other competitions as well.
Klopp has had only one league defeat in six games since he arrived at Anfield but every single week, apart from the international break, he has had a midweek cup match to deal with as well, either League Cup or Europa League.
Whilst Steve McClaren has had full weeks to prepare for his Premier League games, Klopp and Liverpool have played an extra five games, including this week’s 6-1 demolition at Southampton.
The scousers have drawn against and beaten Rubin Kazan, defeated Bournemouth, won against Bordeaux and that win on the south coast on Wednesday gone.
Just like Sir Bobby’s remarkable undefeated run in games following European matches when he was at Newcastle, Klopp is showing that it is a myth when players show the right attitude.
Steve McClaren has had all week to build up the Sunday’s match and he is still repeating that he’s doing all the right things every day, so what could possibly go wrong…?
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