It’s hard to preach about patience to Liverpool fans when the club haven’t won the Premier League for 27 years and have added just one trophy – a League Cup – to their honours list in 11 years.

But patience is needed right now more than ever.

It’s even more difficult for them to trust the club to build on the solid foundations they have in place. After all, in the past they’ve seen squads who came close to delivering the title sold off piece by piece.

But supporters need to trust those in charge of their beloved club.

There’s still an uneasiness and a distrust towards the owners. Jürgen Klopp, the face of the Liverpool brand, by default takes the brunt of the fan’s frustration. However, he's not one of them and fans calling for his sacking are doing so prematurely. 

He's not the messiah and he's not above criticism, but some supporters seem to have forgotten why he was appointed in the first place.

There are often accusations levelled at Fenway Sports Group that they're only interested in the money and that they're trying to increase the value of the club before they eventually sell for a large payday. Winning isn't a necessity in the modern game to help build a brand.

Klopp can't be accused of that, though.  It's why, with the former Borussia Dortmund manager at the helm, fans should know that the club will be doing everything they can both on and off the pitch to ensure they're winners.

The charismatic manager is a winner. He's driven to be the best and he's invested in long-term projects. That's what the job on Merseyside was when he replaced Brendan Rodgers in October 2015. A long-term project.

It's his second anniversary as manager next month. His celebrated two years in charge of Dortmund with a fifth placed finish. He won the title in his third.

Furthermore, it's worth remembering that Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers when the season was already underway. He missed out on a summer transfer window and he didn't have the opportunity to have a sustained period on the training pitch to embed his ideas into the players. So in a way Klopp is just two years into his project with the club despite this being his third season in charge.

It's still a work in progress and Liverpool are still in transition. It's not as common in modern day football, but unless you're going to go on a Paris Saint-Germain style spending spree you need consistently upgrade the team, piece by piece, if you're going to compete for the top honours on a regular basis.

It's clear Liverpool aren't going to take a leaf out of the PSG playbook and are instead assembling a squad Klopp feels can compete on all fronts.

Had the Reds been able to convince RB Leipzig to do business this summer instead of having to wait to sign Naby Keïta next year and managed to strike a deal with Southampton for Virgil van Dijk, Klopp would have systematically upgraded the majority of key areas in his team.

Keïta immediately bolsters the midfield options, van Dijk shores up the defence with Salah arriving to ease the burden on Sadio Mané.

He knows what he's got to do and he's gone about trying to do it. It's why he wanted van Dijk and nobody else despite other centre-backs being available.

Liverpool were unable to do business with Southampton this time around but all is not lost. Klopp, like fans, will have to have patience. Just like the supporters, though, the manager is getting fed up with what he's witnessing.

After defeat to Leicester City in the Carabao Cup, Klopp revealed that he was sick of Liverpool conceding the same goals over and over. He was a picture of frustration.

It showed he wasn't just there for the pay check and that he actually cares. And fans should be able to relate to that and realise he's on their side.

He was just as disappointed at the fact van Dijk didn't join in the summer as the fans were. Klopp banked on the club signing him. It wouldn't have solved all of the defensive problems but the Dutchman would certainly have helped.

Good things come to those who wait

Klopp has earned the patience of the supporters because under his guidance there has been clear progress. 

In his first two seasons at Anfield he’s taken the club to two cup finals and back into the Champions League. That’s progress right there.

Furthermore, under his watch the club rejected an offer of £134million for Barcelona transfer target Philippe Coutinho. This a player who wanted to leave and handed in a transfer request on the eve of the Premier League season kicking off.

The Reds didn’t miss Coutinho in those opening few matches as much as many feared they would. They were free-scoring and creating a number of chances. Klopp removed the over reliance on the Brazilian maestro without people even realising. More progress. 

His appointment was never going to be a quick short-term fix. Dortmund conceded goals until it clicked during their two title winning campaigns. They went from 37 and 43 against to 25 and 22. It was very much a trial and error process, just like it is at Liverpool. 

He's adapted to the Premier League and mixed up the style that made him famous in Germany. He's not as stubborn as many claim. Liverpool have a clear identity, something they didn't have under Rodgers towards the end of his reign. Klopp's developed players many fans had written off.

It's all there. There's not been the perfect storm, yet.

When it clicks, which it will, it will have all been worthwhile. Just have patience and manage those expectations.

If the Reds were standing still then there would be reason to cast doubt over Klopp's future in charge of the club. But they aren't so there shouldn't be.

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