West Ham midfielder Mark Noble suggested that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp deserves a lot of praise for turning players into superstars at Anfield, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard.
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The Reds romped to the Premier League title this year with seven games still left to play.
Klopp’s men have been by far and away the best team in England this season.
And the former Borussia Dortmund coach deserves huge credit for the manner in which he has transformed Liverpool into perennial trophy winners in just five years.
The Merseyside outfit are strong defensively, exciting going forward and when they are at their best, they are arguably the most complete team on the continent.
And that is in stark contrast to the West Ham team. David Moyes has had little impact, if any, since taking over at the London Stadium in December 2019.
Liverpool have been unstoppable this season
The Hammers are in a real relegation scrap. But even so, Noble took the time out to praise Liverpool and Klopp for their achievements this season, when writing his regular column for the Evening Standard:
“I would like to congratulate Liverpool for winning the Premier League — with seven games still left! It is an incredible achievement to win it so comfortably and a real testament to their recruitment policy. Their players are superstars now, but not when they joined the club. It is Liverpool’s recruitment strategy, more than anything else, that has helped them enjoy the success they have achieved.”
Noble is spot on. You need look no further than players like Jordan Henderson, Trent-Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson. It could even be argued that Klopp has taken Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane to entirely new levels.
West Ham need to learn from teams like Liverpool.
Obviously the Reds have far greater financial muscle than the Hammers. But with great coaching and smart investment, the sky should be the limit for the east London outfit.
Unfortunately for them, however, they have David Moyes in charge and an incredibly poor track record when it comes to player recruitment.
Hopefully that will change sooner rather than later. And in the meantime, there is still so much work to be done at the London Stadium.