Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool has become arguably one of the greatest side in Premier League’s history.
They are on course to eradicate their 30 year title drought having over taken bitter rivals Manchester United at the top with most major honors won.
They have reclaimed their throne at the top in English football with 47 Major Honors.
Jurgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool as the rightful European Giants as they used to be and are on course of breaking Arsenal’s Invincible’s record.
Liverpool are now 13 wins away out of 18 games to be crowned as 19th time Champions of England.
Jurgen Klopp’s Threshold..
Jurgen Klopp didn’t get going with a complete full season, in his first season. He didn’t even have the pre-season.
Jurgen Klopp inherited the squad left by Brendan Rodgers in almost the mid of the season with an away match with Spurs at White Hart Lane.
It is then we saw the glimpse of his “Gegenpressing” and style.
Jurgen Klopp’s team and work ethic began to form its shape and his team of the background staff started working on the players.
He began to change the mindset of the players and started to make clear about the players that don’t fit in with his system.
He managed to finish Liverpool, 8th in the table that season of 2015-16, a league cup final loss against Manchester City on penalties and driving Liverpool to a Europa League Final against Sevilla.
The Europa League campaign included knocking out bitter rivals Manchester United out of the tournament as well as a memorable comeback at Anfield against his former club Borussia Dortmund on the way.
Even though Liverpool lost the final against Sevilla, there was a lot of positives to build upon and that is what happened the next season when they finished 4th in the 2016-17 season qualifying for the Champions League.
The margins of progress continued and began to take the shape of what will be a force to be reckoned with.
From 8th to 4th from one year to the next.
Return to the Champions League and Final Heartbreak..
The new season of 2017-18 began with Jurgen Klopp getting the signings he wanted and from then on he went on to establish one of the world’s deadliest attacking trio in Salah, Mane & Firmino.
Liverpool started off great and began to blew away teams with their attack not only in the league but also in the Champions League breaking records for most goals scored but the problem at the back started.
The defense which was fragile turned out to be the achilles heel for the campaign along with lack of squad depth.
Liverpool conceded a lot of goals due to the shaky defense and Klopp knew he had to sort it out.
Jurgen Klopp is one of those managers who never shops in the January transfer window but this was different.
He wanted a player in his defense but Southampton were’t budging to let their star man leave so easily.
Negotiations delayed and broke down but Klopp and Liverpool had their eyes fixed on the player.
They continued their pursuit only to sign Virgil Van Dijk for £75m in January 2018, a world record fee for a defender.
The rest became history with Van Dijk quickly becoming a hero at the KOP, establishing himself as no.1 and a leader in defense.
Van Dijk made a huge difference in Liverpool’s defense, from shambolic to stable.
Liverpool reached the Final of the Champions League in the 2017-18 season.
They would face the back to back defending champions Real Madrid, who are the record winners of the competition.
Liverpool lost 3-1 to Real Madrid but the supporters were proud of what they saw and began to feel more confident.
These seasons laid the new foundation of the present for Liverpool, they were on the verge of becoming the force of European football once again, everybody began to fear the team and its attack, this was just the start.
The turning of the tide..
In the season of 2018-19, Jurgen Klopp strengthened his side further with more high profile quality signings in goalkeeper, Alisson Becker, the Brazil no.1, dubbed by some as the “Messi of Goal Keepers”.
Jurgen Klopp also signed Keita & Fabinho, two midfielders.
Liverpool picked up their new season where they left off only this time, this team was more like a complete team in every aspect from front to back and made the best start to a league season in their history.
Alisson and VVD at the back made Liverpool’s defense untouchable and the team spirit ensued among the players grew stronger and stronger.
Jurgen Klopp instilled all he had in them as well as in the fans!
Liverpool lost out on the league title unluckily by just 1 point after securing 97 points to that of Manchester City’s 98.
Liverpool almost were out of the Champions League had it not been a world class close range save from Milick by Alisson in the stoppage time at Anfield in the last game of group stage which they won by 1 goal.
Liverpool went through all their opponents even defeating Bayern Munich 3-1 on aggregate to meet Barcelona in the semis.
What happened in the Semis against Barcelona is a tale that will live on forever in the footballing world and this made a stamp of who Jurgen Klopp is and what Liverpool is about!
Liverpool and European nights are a duo made for each other.
The comeback kings who rose from the ashes in the Miracle of Istanbul in 2005 happened again but this time it was at a place where the impossible becomes possible, Anfield.
From 3-0 down in the first leg even after playing so well at Camp Nou, Liverpool had an impossible task to overturn this deficit against a Barcelona side with one of the G.O.A.T’s in its starting lineup in Lionel Messi.
The man, who had made an impact already in the first leg.
This wasn’t going to stop Jurgen Klopp and his “mentality monsters” which he calls his players after what was witnessed by the world.
He went in asking everyone literally everyone associated with Liverpool to give it their all and put in everything they have got in this game of a lifetime knowing that if they go out, they go out fighting worthy.
Everyone at Liverpool knew the fact in their minds that even after having one of the greatest season up until now, they could still end up trophy-less.
No, they weren’t having any of it.
They went in with the eyes on the prize, Anfield erupted, turned on the pressure and as the ball ended in the back of the net the 2nd time, Barcelona lost it all, they were completely lost in an abyss, choking by the pressure on the field and from off the field from the supporters and ended up losing 4-0, making it the greatest comeback at Anfield and one of the greatest comeback in the Champions League.
Liverpool went on to lift their SIXTH, yes 6th Champions League Trophy against Spurs and everybody was on the moon, the city of Liverpool rejuvenated, 700k+ people came to the streets for the parade and Liverpool supporters around the globe were feeling things which were in-explainable.
Jurgen Klopp on making own History..
Klopp had told his players clearly to make their own history and went on to establish the rule of not going to touch the “This is Anfield” sign-board until they have won something.
Liverpool lads could do that now.
They etched their names in the illustrious history of Liverpool football club.
Jurgen Klopp had lost 6 major finals out of 7 while going in to this final of 2018-19, showed he never gave up and continued to learn, struggle and work hard to achieve his goal.
In the 8th final he succeeded to lift it especially when at one point there was no chance of it.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool didn’t stop just there, as they achieved International treble by winning UEFA Super Cup followed by Club World Cup in Qatar making them now the most decorated club of England with one hand on the title after having a hefty lead Leicester and Manchester City this season with a game in hand in the New Year of 2020.
They haven’t lost single game dropping just 2 points against Manchester United away.
Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool is unstoppable, moving in to breaking records and ending the long awaited title drought.
It’s not over until it is over, so let’s just see what unfolds.
Let me just put it this way, Jurgen Klopp came into a big family in turmoil with their backs against the walls, depressed, agonized and turning on each other losing their ways. He picked them up, guided them to their actual path, made them realize who they were and drove what he possessed in their hearts.
He made them whole, connected them and united them to move forward together through sheer determination, collaboration, hard work, passion and a never giving up attitude.
Jurgen Klopp is, indeed one of the greatest managers in the world and has etched himself as the prodigal son of Shankly and Paisley of Liverpool.