The managerial odyssey of Jürgen Klopp has unequivocally experienced a sensational abyss. From the moment he began his managerial journey at Mainz 05 — helping them secure German promotion to the German Bundesliga after three futile attempts — to his total revival of Liverpool, bringing them back from their prolonged quiescence. He has continued to show forth his managerial prowess that he can turn ‘mere deceivers’ into proper challengers. Very few managers encompasses all the qualities of an enigmatic coach like the German.
After three decades of struggle, Klopp helped Liverpool fan’s dreams come. True, winning them Champions League for the first time in fourteen years, and then delivering the long awaited Premier League title. The German gaffer re-engineered his Merseyside giants, into a strong and formidable squad. He has won four major titles at Anfield, breaking the jinx as the first German and the twenty-eight foreign manager to lift the Premier League Klopp’s work at Anfield is palpable and indelible.
Reds in Numbers
In the Pre-Premier League era, Liverpool were a force to reckon with, both in England and in Europe. In 1989/90, Liverpool won the league garnering a total of Seventy-nine points under the guidance of “King Kenny Dalglish”. Between 1990 and 2020, the Reds scooped over Eighteen trophies, including two Champions League titles in 2004/05 and 2018/19.
In Europe, the Reds are the only English side with the highest number of Champion League titles (six), retaining the largest records in both the Europa League (three) and the UEFA Super Cup (four). The ‘Kop’ have also won the English top-flight title in eight different decades — (the 1900s, 1920s, 1940s, 1960s, 1970s, 1980s, 1990s and the 2020s) — more than any other club.
The historic evaluation ceases without earmarking the works of Bob Paisley, despite his reluctance to take the managerial position, he moved from the club’s physiotherapist at the time to being regarded as the most successful manager in Liverpool. Paisley remained the only Englishman in history to manage three European Cup winning sides, until Carlo Ancelotti and Zinedine Zidane equalled the feat in 2014 and 2018 respectively. He won the club twenty (20) trophies.
Since the inception of the Premier League in 1992, Liverpool have finished in thr top ten in each season. Finishing eight on the log in 2011/12 was their lowest ever.
“Changing doubters to believers”
Prior to the the arrival of Klopp, many managers hired by the Merseyside giants have strived in their best to return the club to their glorious days and even more. The second spell of Dalglish could neither make justice nor satisfy his employers. Rafa Benítez’s famous Liverpool comeback in Istanbul in the Champions League final of the 2004/05 season against Ancelotti’s Milan was their first in 21 years, the Reds were deprived of playing in the European top-flight until a certain Brendan Rodgers switched from Swansea to Merseyside.
The arrival of Klopp was as a result of Rodgers’s inability to deliver good results for the club, as he was shown the exit door, just one hour after the Merseyside derby against Everton in the 2014/15 campaign.
“The message to those Liverpool supporters, you have to change from doubters to believers, now!” Klopp said.
The German tactician was appointed four days after Rodgers was relieved of his duties as manager. Klopp has been making exploits since the genesis of his managerial journey, and worthy to be Liverpool’s manager. After his appointment as Mainz 05 gaffer, he helped secure the German side promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in Ninety-eight years, after three attempts, in 2002/03 campaign, tagging him as the club’s most successful manager.
Under Klopp’s tutelage from 2008/09 — 2012/13 at Borussia Dortmund, He led the Signal Iduna Park outfit to two consecutive Bundesliga triumphs, taking them to the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in the latter season.
His managerial stint paved way for new epoch in the history of the club. His quest of reviving the Reds from trophy-laden campaigns have witnessed a sudden offshoot in his managerial career, such the high pedestal at which his career is rated, ushering a debatable discourse of being one of the best and top managers in the world.
His arrival steered in influx of unsung and low profiled players who were performing excellently in their humble abodes, including the massive transfers of the trio of Mohammed Salah, Virgil Van Dijk and Sadio Mané. These players were crucial to their triumph in the Champions League and the Premier League, though narrowly missing out in the preceding years.
Consequently, Jürgen Klopp has undoubtedly written his name in gold in the history of the club. Most of Liverpool fans expected Klopp to pull more accolades and even more — like he did at Dortmund — helped them win the Bundesliga two times on a row.
Nevertheless, some football-loving fans have seen the handwriting on the walls. of the Merseyside Giants in the coming season. This was exclusively evident in the last games of the 2019/20, though there were many opinions surrounding this ‘eleventh hour’ underwhelming development.
From usual induction, some believe that due to the technicality of the league, the German coach will not be able to clinch another league title. But in my humble opinion, the progress of the Reds under Klopp lies on his hand.
Will another massive and outstanding performance be replicated at Anfield? Only time as they say, will tell.