TagsTransfersOpinionAbout the authorChris BeattieShare the loveHave your say Klopp & ‘his ride’: Why that’ll never be enough for Liverpool’s bestby Chris Beattie10 months agoSend to a friendShare the loveCOMMENT: He’s right. Of course, he’s right. Jurgen Klopp. When the Liverpool manager says it’s “the ride” that matters, many of us would agree. Many. But not all…Ahead of Sunday’s showdown at Anfield, Klopp was responding to the latest jibe from his opposite number at Manchester United. Style? Tactics? Whatever. No-one can dismiss Jose Mourinho’s record as a winner – which he again enjoyed reminding us all when stacking up his achievements against Klopp’s at Anfield.”I think trophies matter yeah,” Jose jabbed, “especially when you have the potential to fight for the trophies and especially when you clearly say the objective is to win the trophy.”And then the final swipe, “I think sometimes to say just to say is not very intelligent…”Pushed to reply, the reaction was typical Klopp. It was about the experience. The journey. And the enjoyment that comes from it. The German declared, “If people say the Champions League campaign last season was not a success because we didn’t win the final then I cannot change that. Is the finish successful? No, but the ride was brilliant. I enjoyed it a lot.”But what about the trophies?”No that’s true, but do I have to? Do I have to win it?”Long, exciting – but ultimately failing – Cup runs. Courageous defeats. Klopp’s sounding more and more English every day. That past German ruthlessness. Those grinding, mechanical victories. You’d never hear the likes of Berti Vogts or Rudi Voller echoing Klopp’s words.But that’s Klopp. And that’s today’s Liverpool. Heavy metal football, he coined it, upon his arrival three years ago. Thrill a minute. Edge of your seat stuff. Yeah, there’s still a first trophy to be won. But the approach has Liverpool top of the table. And into the final 16 of the Champions League. Ain’t that enough…?Well, Klopp’s predecessor at Anfield could lay claim to similar. Brendan Rodgers took Liverpool closer than anyother manager to snapping their Premier League title duck. Like Klopp, Rodgers’ team was all-action. Hard-running. Even harder pressing. Full of goals – and also aggression. For the neutral it was exciting. Enthralling. For a Reds fan, you can only imagine… But today, no-one talks about Rodgers in revered tones. No-one remembers the “ride” he gave the Kop through the 2013/14 campaign. No. Today it’s the missed the opportunity. The could have been. And the break up of an attack every bit as exciting as the front trio we see in Liverpool shirts today.Luis Suarez left to become a serial winner at Barcelona. Raheem Sterling the same at Manchester City. The ride with Brendan was great, sure. But those two wanted more than the journey. And they both felt it could only be found away from Anfield.And there lies the rub. For the moment, this Liverpool team is about potential. What it could be. And the same can be said about the players. But that only lasts so long. What could be will soon turn to what could have been. Never mind Rodgers, just ask Arsene Wenger and what he tried to hold together at Arsenal. Being nearly men. Treading water. Even when finishing consistently second. It eventually catches up on you. And it eventually wears out the players you’re working with.Klopp had an excellent relationship with Philippe Coutinho. Just as Rodgers had with Sterling. But that’s never enough. At least not for some. In a results business, there has to be more than the journey… especially in the crowd Liverpool are now mixing with.It’s why at 33, Juventus chose to pay a club record €112m to ferry Cristiano Ronaldo away from Real Madrid. And also why the Portuguese chose Turin as his next destination. Both are sure things. As guaranteed as any team in Europe. And now with a player who exists to win – and nothing else. In Europe, that’s what stands in front of Liverpool this season. Sheer. Raw. Winning ambition. They don’t talk about the ride at Juve. The players are too busy counting their medals.But Klopp’s approach is working. Even Rodgers’ team weren’t as well placed as Liverpool are at this stage of the season. And for the neutral, the journey so far – both at home and in Europe – has been exciting to follow.But it’s still just potential. Something still to be achieved. And no matter what those who enjoy Liverpool – nor even Klopp – believe. “The ride” is never enough.Klopp and Liverpool need to win something. Otherwise history is bound to repeat. He need only need ask the man now in charge at Celtic.