Unai Emery will do well to emulate Jurgen Klopp over the next three years

From Rhys Jaggar:

Klopp did not have £200m to spend last summer…

In fact, his net spend the past two years is zero.

Despite that, he has reached a UCL final. I would not be slagging Klopp off when he had to make choices about which imperfect set up to have in 2017/18.

He decided to have brilliant attack, solid/good midfield and dodgy defence+keeper, rather than a Mourinhoesque solid defence and mundane attack.

As a neutral, watching Liverpool is fun….and LFC fans now enjoy going to football again. He bought VVD with Coutinho money, knowing Naby Keita would arrive in summer. This in my view is the reason they got so far in UCL. I am fairly sure he would have been targeted with 4th in league and QF in UCL.

He has now had to invest in midfield as Oxlade is out for months, bringing in Fabinho. He will have a solid six or seven for next season.

One suspects he will buy one more centre half and a goalkeeper.

Even then you suspect he is like Spurs: a first XIV as good as any, but less depth of squad. One wonders whether he wishes to ship Ings and replace him with hungry young talent. Solanke still has to improve to become a challenger for a starting slot.

Remember Liverpool were 8th in his first season, he has taken three years to get to the starting gate to challenge for EPL and was in my book ahead of schedule reaching a UCL final. He did not get the luck in that final and losing Salah showed his forward bench to be exposed.

If Arsenal reach a UCL final by 2021, Emery will have done a first class job.

Dislodging Spurs, Liverpool and/or Chelsea will not get any easier. He will need AMN, Nelson et al to emulate Alexander-Arnold and Robertson; Aubameyang and Lacazette to emulate Mane and Firmino and quite a bit more besides. Being a Europa League expert, he may see winning that as his best shot of UCL football in 2019/20.

Easy to trash Klopp: less easy to actually emulate him. I wish Emery all the best in trying to do just that.