The Bottom Line

photo via Liverpool Echo

photo via Liverpool Echo

Sans Liverpool fans, a lot of people didn’t enjoy the Champions League Final, myself included. It was boring and left many dreaming of the prospect of what Barcelona and Ajax would have looked like on the same stage. But you know who doesn’t care? Jürgen Klopp. I think this is a good moment for so many who live by the way of Barcelona, etc. to realize that at the end of the day, and particularly at that level, it’s only about one thing. Winning. Liverpool fans years from now are unlikely to recall the 2019 Final and discuss how boring it was. No, rather they will make sure opposing fans know that they won the 2019 Final.

This idea of winning by any means may not be true completely at the youth or developmental levels but ultimately it helps make the point that it is valuable for kids to learn to win in a variety of ways. Even if that may not be the most appealing to the eye.