Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015. He took over a side still shell shocked from their stunningly derailed 2013/14 title challenge. Upon arrival, he said he was confident of bringing ‘a title’ to Anfield within 4 years. How right he was. 4 years later, he’s brought the Champions League back to Merseyside and looks set to win the side’s maiden Premier League title. It would be their first league title in almost 30 years. Now after putting pen to paper on a new contract, will the German manager lead a new era of dominance for Britain’s most successful club?
Klopp’s 4 years of hard work and commitment at Liverpool are finally paying its dividends. Years of being the bridesmaid not the bride are over for The Reds. Europa League runners up, League Cup runners up, Champions League runners up. The patience of the Anfield faithful, although not running thin, was being tested. 4 years of so much progress had nothing to show for it. Klopp’s ability to bring silverware back to Liverpool was being questioned. Yet this finally changed earlier this year.
Champions League win – The catalyst
A miraculous and memorable Champions League campaign saw Liverpool lift club football’s most coveted trophy in Madrid. A journey that saw them qualify from their group by the skin of their teeth, beat Bayern convincingly and smash Porto. They then performed one of greatest comebacks in European football history against Lionel Messi’s Barcelona before beating Tottenham in the final. Liverpool were back and are here to stay.
The project being built by FSG and Jurgen Klopp could finally be confirmed a success. A self-sustaining business model funding transfers via reinvestment worked perfectly in tandem with the man management of the former Dortmund coach. His ability to galvanise and in essence ‘supercharge’ players to perform at 110% every game is truly special. Perhaps the closest thing the league has seen since Sir Alex Ferguson’s retirement. The great man himself was worried when Klopp arrived at the helm and he was spot on.
Jurgen Klopp – Liverpool’s transformation
2019/20 has only followed suit from their European trophy triumph. It was certainly no fluke. Liverpool sit comfortably top of the Premier League table. 16 games, 15 wins and 1 draw. A ridiculous record that sees them 8 points clear of 2nd place Leicester and a massive 14 points clear of holders Manchester City. What’s made this unstoppable start even more baffling is how the Reds have won games this season. They haven’t played THAT well on several occasions, but continue to pick up points. It’s that elite mentality and the culture Klopp has created in dressing room that has driven them to win dirty as well as take points when they didn’t essentially ‘deserve them’. It’s the mentality of champions, which we did a whole article on HERE.
The 52 year old, alongside the silverware and winning mentality, has improved the club in other areas too. How’s he connected with Liverpudlians and integrated himself into the city’s culture can be seen from afar. It’s reflected in the performances on the pitch too as well as with the Anfield atmosphere. Something that wasn’t apparent under Rodgers or Hodgson. Klopp is difficult to dislike too with his personality, humbleness and general media image. At the very least, rival fans have respect for what he is doing on Merseyside. His philosophy of Gegenpressing is exciting to watch, but also obviously incredibly effective. Sides have to be on their A-game to even stand a chance against Liverpool. How times have changed from being hammered 6-1 by Stoke.
The efficiency of the Liverpool machine
The Klopp project is so admirable from the neutral point of view too because of how they’re going about it. They’re not spending exorbitant sums of money every summer and ‘buying’ the title. Instead, it’s using resources efficiently, reinvesting income generated and putting emphasis on hard work over talent.
“For anyone in football who aspires to compete in an environment where every element of the organisation is at its very best – from the support of the supporters to the vision of the owners – there can be no better place than this.”Jurgen Klopp on signing his contract extension
This is all only possible because of the man management of Jurgen Klopp. We haven’t heard of cases of unrest or lack of commitment over the last two seasons. There were hardly any notable additions over the summer either. Minamino in January yes, but he’s not going to go straight in the first team. It’s the importance of synergy and trust that has allowed the same team to perform even better than last season.
Can Jurgen Klopp lead a golden era?
So can this continue for the next 5 years? Can Liverpool, assuming they win the league this season, dominate for half a decade? Ambitious owners willing to spend money, arguably the world’s best manager committing himself for the long term, a squad containing a mixture of young talent and established senior players that all fight for the badge. All the pieces of puzzle seem to be in place. A consistent period of success would be reminiscent of the club’s glory years under Bill Shankly and Bob Paisley.
Manchester City will always be a threat and regardless of what happens this season, will comeback in 2020/21 stronger than ever. They won’t let this happen easily. But you just get the feeling with a Jurgen Klopp side that they can win, when the chips are down and things are going against them. Perhaps that’s why I believe they will dominate the next few years in the Premier League and in Europe. Like Manchester United did under Ferguson. A mentality of champions.
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