For those without any access to the outside world, Liverpool Football Club has appointed Jürgen Klopp as their new manager.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has signed a three-year deal, and replaces the outgoing Brendon Rogers.
He has wasted no time in establishing himself, and had stated that if he is still Liverpool manager in four years-time, the club would have captured an EPL crown.
Rogers was relieved of his duties of manager after Liverpool suffered a less than stellar start to the season.
At the point of writing, the red half of Merseyside sit in 10th position, with 12 points from a possible 24.
Although Liverpool’s start has been brighter than that of defending champions Chelsea, fans and officials alike did not have the confidence in Rogers to turn it around, and therefore Klopp’s appointment is a good one.
Being that he comes in eight games into the season, without a pre-season, or a chance to enter the transfer market, there are plenty of reasons not to expect too much too soon at Anfield.
Klopp, who took Dortmund to two Bundesliga championships despite the presence of the might of Bayern Munich, does not seem like a man who relies on excuses.
Being that they are only six points behind leaders Manchester City, with 30 fixtures to come, Liverpool are in no way out of the title race.
They’re only one big win outside of the European Champions League positions, and only a point outside the Europa League spots.
So, what would be a fair ask of Klopp in terms of achievement at the end of the current campaign?
Looking at Liverpool’s squad, and with all due respect to those on the books, I can’t see them challenging for the title, no matter who is at the helm.
Don’t get me wrong, I believe they’re in a far superior position following the Klopp appointment, but even the most vocal Liverpool fan would struggle to see them hanging with the likes of City in the long term.
I believe a serious challenge for a Champion’s League spot would be a brilliant result for the German manager and his squad.
Klopp will have almost three full months to access and work with his current squad before entering the transfer market in January.
Reports have indicated that Klopp will be given full power in terms of potential signings, and will not be dictated to within reason.
A manager of Klopp’s experience and ability will be well prepared come January to strengthen any deemed weakness.
Looking at Liverpool’s squad, it’s hardly a case of sitting on his hands and waiting for January for the incoming boss.
Christian Benteke, Daniel Sturridge, Philippe Coutinho and James Milner are hardly bad options going forward, although it will be tough to get all four on the field due to injury.
Liverpool have plenty of talent all across the park, as well as a loud and excited home fan base.
There really are no excuses for another season without European Champions League football, especially now that they have a world class manager holding the clipboard.
I certainly don’t expect Klopp to work miracles, and as I said, a serious challenge for a Champions League position, will constitute success given the circumstances.
Anything less than comfortable Europa League qualification will have to be looked upon as a disappointing start to the Klopp reign.
There is plenty of pressure on the 48 year-old, not that you’d be able to tell from his opening press conference.