This week one sporting dynasty and one potential one seemed to fall apart.It is a reminder to Liverpool of the need to capitalize on their title win window

Two things have happened this week that should catch Liverpool’s attention: Man City again lost 2-0 to Spurs, leaving them 11th in the Premier League with a difference of less than a goal in eight matches; Klay Thompson blew his Achilles, closing the book on the Golden State Warriors dynasty that more or less ruled the NBA for nearly seven years

This was supposed to be the year the Warriors bounced back After a season decimated by injuries they would be galvanized, wounds healed, a new injection of talent and youth taking some of the burdens of the old guard It was supposed to be the year City bounced back as well, galvanized by another net spend worthy of a double take and a tinkering of Pep Guardiola’s big plan

Neither of them seem to be arriving City, for all the money they’ve spent, for all the talents of their squad, seem in need of a rebuild – something Guardiola has never achieved in his career He happens He wins He wins big He historically wins big Then he walks away before he collapses

At City, their approach takes on more of a shooting star quality than even at Bayern Munich or Barcelona: it burned much more brilliantly but it is extinguished much faster

The Warriors have been defeated by health and wear and tear A Relentless Circus of Six: Back-to-back trips to the NBA Finals, 100 games per season; signing the greatest NBA free agent in league history, making the game almost ridiculously easy, guaranteeing more championships, but turning the whole experience into a grueling soap opera; injuries canceling everything at the end

What was supposed to be a ten year race, unlike anything the sport has seen, (“I don’t see anything stopping them from making it to eight to ten consecutive finals,” said Jeff Van Gundy, senior ABC analyst), died in four years Durant rushed to Brooklyn, a brooding, injured and injured basketball tsunami, taking with him the Warriors’ immediate hopes

The core group, the guys who built the dynasty in the first place, stayed behind Their all-star trio – Steph Curry, Klay Thompson, Draymond Green – effectively took a year off, rested, healed and reloaded They took a year off, let go of the anxiety and tension of the wild and mad six-year-old race 2021 would be the rebirth, with young and playful pieces alongside the now grizzled winners – all three coming back from injuries to some extent

2021 has kicked off It was supposed to be the franchise’s return to the championship It would be a collective case of the old man who still has it; the old dynasty has yet to.They may not be the conquering heavyweight they were at the peak of their powers, but they would indeed be in the hunt, extending their championship window for another two to three years – if the young players brought on the field list made at that time, maybe they would open the door for another five or six years as the architects of the dynasty got older

Then slap Thompson broke his Achilles during off-season training this week Bang: The championship window has closed

The decline has been more steady in Manchester First of all, Vincent Kompany left, taking with him that extra something that he gave the club when they needed it most Call it a warrior mentality or n ‘ any hokey expression you like: you can see and feel it seeping across the screen Although the Abu Dhabi era was defined by excess and excellence, the underrated nature of the game and of Kompany’s leadership has always been the unspoken thing that turned City from another collection of very expensive pieces into a team with a definite orthodoxy – he, along with Sergio Agüero and David Silva, is the reason why City moved from one side maybe almost to a serial winning machine

Kompany left after City’s last title Then Silva left last summer Now Aguero, who has struggled for his fitness for what looks like 36 months, has become an unreliable contributor Fernandinho too is older , less impactful

City’s window should have extended beyond that quartet that formed the backbone of Guardiola’s early years The city has more money, better infrastructure and a better overall base than any What a club football team They have Kevin de Bruyne and Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte and Ederson, a backbone that can climb to become the best in the world – a foursome that would be insulted if you didn’t consider them, if not the best, among the best to their respective position in the world And then there are Bernardo Silva and Riyad Mahrez and Kyle Walker and Phil Foden and Gabriel Jesus – not to mention the new recruits, Ruben Dias, Nathan Aké and Ferran Torres All, for a man, are at or just come in their prime numbers

But it didn’t work – tactically or mentally Something’s missing Last year’s title defense was a soft effort The side looked exhausted, physically and mentally It was a tough year, have Defenders claimed Bouncing outside of Europe was frustrating but it was a funky time impacted by the pandemic Just wait for the answer next season We talked about Lionel Messi and Kalidou Koulibaly and redefining what it means to be a team de Guardiola (would he move to three at the back permanently? Semi-permanent?) – short-term potential, winning-now moves that would bring the title back to Liverpool and put City back on track

Handing over the role of Fernandinho to Rodri was a puff No one replaced the Kompany void, on or off the pitch Guardiola’s about-face between systems, his need to rebuild his pressing style in order to welcome Rodri as the single pivot or a Rodri-Gundogan double-look, has become more damaging to this team than the week-to-week approach that has backed his Bayern sides and that made City’s Centurions so mercilessly brilliant: you never knew exactly where or how they were going to strike, just that they would keep coming, coming and going, a whirlwind of speed – speed of movement, speed of ball, speed of thought And, if for some reason, one approach didn’t work, they had the resources – the staff and the manager – to change everything

They had a lot of avenues but a fundamental identity They knew how they wanted to play But they knew, above all, how to generate victories

Not this Guardiola town team now looks like an idealist looking for an idea The pieces don’t match, but he can’t understand why

Again this week, Guardiola signed a new two-year deal that would extend his stay at City to seven, by far the longest time he has spent at a club In one read, he locks himself in a club that was built in his image long before he arrived – where else would he have unlimited resources to play on the biggest stage of all? Perhaps in the future a move to Turin or Paris, or a return to Barcelona will be a temptation that he cannot pass up.But for now, City offer the greatest margin of error in all sports: if you lack in one direction, you have all the resources in the world, with no salary cap, to remedy it

The other reading: he knows that this reconstruction will take more than 12 months It is a project of 24 months, minimum, even with all the wealth of City Leave another club with such resources, with such a defined grip on the national match, without also sealing a European Cup will be enough – even in a slight sense – to damage its legacy The general public will never turn to the claims of ‘fraud’ the internet enjoys, but perhaps some of Cruyffian’s brilliance will rub off if he follows up on Bayern’s plight with another round of domestic successes. short term parallel to European failure

Either way, this week reminded us of how short the Championship windows are: always four or five years younger than you hope and two or three younger than you think

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When the Warriors rolled – like, really rolled – it felt like they would own the NBA for the next decade and more. The game was easy for them; While other NBA titles took sport-style pain and suffering, where others had an obvious and limited shelf life, the ease of Golden State titles felt like a bit more compelling – that instead of typing at five or six, they might to push it to eight or nine or ten

City once had the same aura With Guardiola on board, having 12 months to familiarize himself with the Premier League, City have merged into a team as formidable as English football have never seen 100 points Cent That remains crazy He might not be beaten

They had the sport at their throats 100 points and a quadruple domestic, with a young core, talent on the way, unlimited resources and a manager at the peak of his powers – all the innovation of his youth with new meaning maturity – it was easy to predict that City would emerge from a decade of Ferguson-United-style dominance over the English game

Until they’re not now they’re stuck in 11th place in the league, eight points behind the league leaders Questions about Guardiola’s future are already on their way Even after signing a new contract with Guardiola this week, will the city hierarchy support a season without title contention? What if things got really crazy and City didn’t win anything? What if they’re closer to the fourth than the first? What if they were bounced in the first knockout stages of the Champions League? How long will they give for the reconstruction?

The City and Warriors storylines remind Liverpool of the finite nature of the title window Things are happening Injuries are happening Egos are coming New managers are coming – if Klopp hadn’t arrived City would continue to play the domestic game, and probably the Champions League too

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FSG, Klopp and Michael Edwards have worked hard to build a sustainable base The investment in the new training center in Kirby, the new pits at Anfield and all the behind-the-scenes work that has secured the future of the club has been and continues to be essential Liverpool’s success will live beyond Klopp Unlike other success spurts of the modern era, the club’s hierarchy has put the right things in place not only to cash in the present moment, but also to make sure the club dines at the first table for the next ten, twenty, 30 years

But what really matters is what really matters for the title winning windows Klopp has been at the club for just over five years Based on historical standards, Klopp’s run has two more, maybe be three years to eliminate every abandonment of this manager and this team

2024 – Klopp’s current departure date – hangs over everything But based on the previous ones, the club is unlikely to get four more cracks at this title-winning thing with this core Bodies will crumble, the A player’s form will disappear, someone might flap for a move, a tactical switch might backfire on you You never know when your starting center-backs will blow their knees a few weeks apart You don’t know – until you do – what they will look like when they return

The point: decision-makers at the top need to recognize what the It’s now – like now window is

The very top executives of the club understood that when they signed a deal for Thiago Alcantara, signing a contract for a 28-year-old player at a big salary when it was not previously part of the much vaunted “model” They recognized that a once-in-a-lifetime player was available, the kind of player – in terms of status – that the club had never signed before. They recognized a chance to evolve, to freshen up, to turn another year on the precious title window

They need to redouble that effort as early as January It’s a strange season The title race is wide open Tottenham, Chelsea and Leicester will be soaring all season At some point Man City will find some sort of form But even with all kinds of injuries, Klopp and co should consider this their title to lose You only have so many hits before the thing goes down

If that means spending more money than planned for a defender in January to shore up the bottom line, then so be it, it might not be money the owners want to pay today ‘ hui, but they will thank each other tomorrow when the empire begins to crumble, the squad must rebuild themselves and the club have maximized their window by adding a Premier League trophy or two to the wall of champions

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