Head Versus Heart in the Beautiful Game
In an era dominated by statistics it’s sometimes difficult to describe performances in terms of feel. Feel is a term that’s used for emotion, gut instinct or guessing. Players run an exactly tracked distance, teams dominate a percentage of possession and coaches have an exact win- loss record. Sometimes statistics don’t accurately represent what happens on the field. A team that dominates possession loses a match, but feel is critical in assessing the overall development of a team.
Not All as It Appears on Paper
The on-field and off-field performance of Liverpool this season feels good. A team with few stars but many potential ones in the making needs to rely on teamwork and a common purpose. Work ethic on and off the pitch and work ethic on and off the ball can translate to success. Klopp’s players are showing positive signs through their work ethic that they are all marching to the same beat.
Big budget, big problems
Segway to another big club with a bigger budget, more high profile players and a big coach and you will find more problems. Manchester United are struggling, it’s plain for everyone to see. There are teething issues that come with a new coach, players, combinations and a new system. With their resources and talent there is no doubt they will get back on track, however it’s proof that the best laid plans take time to unfold.
Positive Gut Feeling About the Reds
Klopp’s vision is not one that has translated overnight nor has it been realized. The team has had up and down results since he took over, but performances are starting to turn a corner and the team is capable of delivering on the big stage against big teams. The EPL is a grind, there are few easy matches and seasons are not won and lost before Christmas, however with room to improve and signs that on-field plans are falling into place, this Liverpool team has a good feel to it.
Oren Shabat Laurent is a passionate Liverpool fan and a cryptocurrency entrepreneur. He has been involved with sports from a young age, and sponsored football and basketball.