Liverpool Editorial

5 Special Years: Jurgen Klopp’s Best, Worst And Memorable Liverpool Moments

October 8, 2015 was the day an overly enthusiastic manager signed the dotted line to become Liverpool’s manager for the next three years. Jurgen Klopp promised changes but not instant.

He wasn’t the special coach but a normal one that finds a balance by signing the right players and developing them to suit his style of football. It might take time to get them playing in a specific way but it when clicks they will win trophies.

Klopp demonstrated his football in his first season by introducing the gegen pressing style of football- a tactic which requires a lots of energy, speed, stamina and organization, with the idea of regaining instant possession of the ball as far up the pitch as possible in order to counter and score.

The idea was fabulous but it toll on the players who suffered from cramps and injuries. Liverpool did reach the 2015 Europa League final and encountered memorable moments against Manchester United and Dortmund.

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Borrusia Dortmund was tough to win but a last minute header from Dejan Lovren ensured Liverpool went through to the Europa League quarter final. That moment sealed Dejan Lovren’s name in Liverpool’s folklore. Although, they lost the trophy to Sevilla but, the progress was clear for everyone to see.

The following seasons, Liverpool began to restructure the team by bringing in Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk, Gini Wijnaldum, Emre Can, James Milner and others. The end goal was the Champions League final and evolution of Mohamed Salah, Van Dijk, Andrew Robertson and Trent Alexander Arnold.

Salah was spectacular in the 2017-18 season. He was the best player in the world and the Egyptian was scoring goals for fun. He created history by becoming the first and only player to score 32 goals in a single season.

In fact, Salah’s fame got to a point, Jurgen Klopp became a bit jealous. He once told his players, ‘we could work out of the pitch now with only our undies and yet no one would notice. Its all Salah, Salah!!’

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The Egyptian though lead Liverpool to brink of winning the Champions League but lost in unspectacular fashion. Real Madrid tactically took out Mohamed Salah by dislocating his arm and then had Loris Karius to thank for letting in two silly goals.

Recalling the event is really disappointing..

Liverpool did win the Champions League the following season by beating Tottenham 2-1 in the final but again lost, the Premier League title to City by a single point. The Reds disappointing defeat at the Etihad followed by draws to West Ham and Leicester City ensured City won the league by 98 points against Liverpool 97 points.

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But, Klopp wasn’t ready to accept Manchester City’s dominance and prepared brilliantly for the 2019-20 season. Liverpool started the season with 12 wins and a draw to Manchester United to prove they’re now the dominant team not Pep Guadiola’s Manchester City

Liverpool eventually won their first ever Premier League title by 99 points with 7 games to spare {a record}. That success made Jurgen Klopp the club’s first manager to achieve such a fate. Achieving such a fate, took time, patience and lots of commitments.

Jurgen Klopp took five years to win the Champions League, the Premier League, the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.

Imagine what he can achieve in another five years with Liverpool.

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