I don’t get this continuous need for visible progress towards perfection. If everyone progressed every year, everyone would win the title with 99 points.
Arsenal spent a good few years as an over 70, under 80 points club so from there you’d expect some progress (even briefly), but Liverpool are still a club far enough down the pecking order that finishing in the CL places should still be the goal. If they can do that two or three years in a row, that’s all the progress you need for now.
I think this kind of attitude really hurts clubs. For example with these stats, all it says to me is why bother sacking Rodgers? Because he didn’t improve on Liverpool’s best season in years with no attackers? Why on earth would people expect Klopp to suddenly make Liverpool better than they were under Rodgers (who didn’t appear to do a great deal wrong to me on the football side until the end he started to look like a plonker) when he wants a defender and one isn’t brought in?
Spurs will likely go “backwards” under Pochettino this season, Chelsea went backwards under Mourinho in year two and now they could be doing the same with Conte. Leicester was obviously going to happen. Every coach can’t always be better than they were last season.
I don’t think it’s as black and white as the coach fucks up and that’s that. Wenger got 70 points in 01, 87 points in 02, 78 points in 03, 90 points in 04. If he was Chelsea manager in the modern day people would be saying he should be sacked in 01 or 03 for losing the dressing room. Sometimes clubs go through these blips and it’s not always because the coach has run out ideas.
Sack Klopp, get a manager that can defend. In 2 years get pissed off because they can’t attack. Sack that guy, get a coach who can play football. Repeat cycle forever.