It’s been a struggle for both Everton and Liverpool over recent year’s, with them rarely threatening the top of the premier league and spending most of the time around mid-table. Not since the day’s of Moyes and Benitez have we seen the two clubs really challenging for trophys and that seem’s all too long ago. However, with arguably two of the brightest managers in the game in charge, there is at last hope for all Scousers.
Firstly with Everton, it was clear that the fan’s never took to Martinez. They didn’t agree with his style and ultimately didn’t see him as a long-term replacement for the void left by Moyes. Now on the other hand, it seem’s that the introduction of Koeman has finally given the Everton faithful someone to get behind.He paid his due’s at Southampton helping them establish themselves as a top 10 side and now he has earned his post as the man entrusted in taking the toffee’s forward. After only 4 games, it’s clear he has made a difference. They look fitter, hungrier, and most importantly more organised than they did under Martinez. Perhaps yes the football isn’t always as nice as before, but if they are winning games then the fans won’t care one bit. Arguably, Koeman’s main job was to keep Lukaku at the club. Not only has he achieved that but based on last night’s performance against Sunderland, he may have helped the big Belgian re-discover his best form.
The story is similar across Stanley Park where everybody’s favourite German is well on the way to taking Liverpool back to their former glory. He has rejuvenated so many players’ who looked short of confidence under Rodger’s and this is no where more apparent than in the recent performances of Adam Lallana. The Englishmen has struggled for form since his arrival to the club but under Klopp it look’s like he could finally reach his full potential which is brilliant for Liverpool and even more so for England.
Lallana celebrating his goal vs Leicester on Saturday (see above)
Maybe the most impressive thing has been the recruitment from the two managers. The signings of Mane and Wijnaldum at hefty prices did raise some eyebrows at first but they have slotted into that team perfectly clearly buying into the way Klopp want’s to play. Koeman on the other hand has bought in equally impressive signings. The acquisition of Ashley Williams adds that much-needed experience and stability at the back which was clearly lacking last season. Furthermore, the inspired performances of Idrissa Gueye suggest he could turn out to be a snip at £7 million.
There certainly is a lot of excitement in Merseyside at the moment and you wonder how far these two sides can go this season. Maybe the title is beyond but with Arsenal, Spurs, City and United all having to worry about European football, you sense that Liverpool and Everton are going to be right amongst it this season.