Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Anfield was celebrated with much fanfare, although he came in midway through the last season, the German took the team to two Cup finals. The fact that Liverpool couldn’t cross the last hurdle on both the occasions was hugely frustrating for the fans but at the same time, the performance filled the supporters with a sense of optimism regarding the future. Fast forward a few months, Liverpool currently sit 4th on the table level on points with 3rd placed Arsenal. The team has now scored 24 goals in their opening eight fixtures in all competitions, breaking a 121-year-old record.
Over the past one year, Liverpool fans gone through crazy highs and some disappointing lows, here we try and pick Jurgen Klopp’s top five moments at Liverpool.
The First League Win
Even though Klopp had won his first match as the manager of Liverpool, there was still pressure on him to get Premier League win after 3 draws on 31st October. The Reds had travelled to London to face Chelsea and even though the Blues had the worst season in many years, one couldn’t have predicted the ease with Liverpool broke the Chelsea defence. Liverpool actually went behind early on but came back thanks to a brilliant performance by Coutinho.
Opening Day Victory over Arsenal
Coming into this season, a lot of people were worried about the kind of football Klopp would play; would they be unsure going forward, weak at the back and unsettled. However, Liverpool came out all guns blazing and secured a thrilling 4-3 win over Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium. The win again had Coutinho pulling the strings from the middle, the Brazilian scored two beautiful goals, while summer signing Mane scored what could easily be a goal of the season contender late on.
Victory over United
Two of the most fearsome rivals in the Premier League met in the Europa League round of Sixteen. Jurgen Klopp’s team came into this match as underdogs, having lost to United two previously that season. However, what followed was perhaps the best example of how to deal with a tricky European match. Liverpool won the first match comfortably with Sturridge and Firmino getting on the scoresheet. The return leg proved to be a little tricky but Reds came away with a well-earned 1-1 draw and hence secured their place in the next round.
6-1 Victory over Southampton
With an impressive 4-3 win secured against Manchester City, Liverpool travelled to The South Coast to face Southampton. The match was important for Klopp to show everyone that the performance against City wasn’t just a stroke of luck. What happened next was total annihilation of Southampton, with major credit going to Origi, who scored a brilliant hat-trick. Liverpool went behind to a Sadio Mane strik but soon came back and secured a crazy 6-1 victory. The match showed that this will surely be amongst the top clubs in Europe sooner rather than later.
Match against Borussia Dortmund
Jurgen Klopp’s best moment over the course of last one year definitely came against his former team Borussia Dortmund. The first match between the two teams ended in a 1-1 draw, therefore all eyes were on Anfield. The Reds had a horrendous start as they let in two goals within the first two minutes. With Dortmund ahead 3-1 on aggregate, very few people gave Liverpool a chance but what followed was by the far one of the best come-backs this club has ever made. That extra-time winner by Lovren secured a 4-3 win, sending the Kop into nirvana.
Liverpool in the race with Man United to sign 20-year-old promising Championship defender
The 20-year-old Englishman is predominantly a left-back but is comfortable when switched to operate as a centre-back.
Kelly has 18 Championship appearances for City this season and has even scored a goal. The Championship side lie 13th in the league as they try to push up for a playoff spot.
The report adds that Tottenham, Manchester United and Arsenal are also keeping tabs on the England U21 international. The youngster, who seems to be a player for the future, has also trained with the England senior squad under Gareth Southgate.
The report claims that we are looking to sign him in the winter window, but face competition from the trio of Premier League clubs.
The Reds have done well with some of their young players in recent years and Kelly could be one for the coming years. He could make a story similar to Joe Gomez at Anfield.
The latter joined us on the cheap from Charlton Athletic a few years ago and even made his senior debut as the left-back. However, he has now shifted to central defence and has been impressive for the Reds under Jurgen Klopp.
Gomez is out for a few weeks due to injury and hopefully, he comes back stronger as we look to continue our fantastic start to the season.
“We want to be as successful as possible” – Jurgen Klopp praises players after record-breaking start to the season
Jurgen Klopp has hailed the Liverpool players for their record-breaking start to the season. The Liverpool Echo reports that our tally of 42 points from 16 games is the best during this stage of a top-flight season.
We achieved that landmark with a 4-0 demolition job of Bournemouth on Saturday and moved to the top of the Premier League table after Chelsea’s win over Manchester City.
Klopp further gave all the credit for the feat to the players (h/t Liverpool Echo):
“I think I said a few years ago that we have to write our own history.
“It’s important but it’s not the most important thing in the world that we beat any team’s record from 30 years ago or whatever.
“The thing is that we want to be as successful as possible. Nobody knows what that means. This league is so difficult to play.”
The manager even had time to joke about the points tally we have achieved so far this season.
“To have 42 points, I usually had that in April, and now it’s December. That’s massive. It’s exceptional, and the boys deserve all the credit for that because they fight for each yard.”
Liverpool looked great in the win over the Cherries but it felt like we had more in the tank. There are a couple of tough matches coming up for the Reds as we face Napoli in the Champions League and Manchester United at the weekend.
We have to beat the Italians to make it to the next round of the European competition, and the pressure will be on to put Carlo Ancelotti’s men to the sword.
Klopp will already be planning the downfall of the Serie A side, and if we play to our potential, there could be a fantastic match at Anfield in midweek.
“It’s time for a change right now” – Former USA international urges Liverpool target to leave Bundesliga giants
Borussia Dortmund winger Christian Pulisic has been told that it is time for a change, with the January window around the corner.
The Liverpool Echo adds that the Reds have kept tabs on the 20-year-old and Chelsea are also interested in signing the winger.
Former United States international Alexi Lalas believes it is time for the winger to leave Dortmund for bigger things in the future.
“There are teams all over the world that would love to have Christian Pulisic right now. I think he’s done a great job in going over to Germany, he’s done a great job at Borussia Dortmund.
“But I think it’s time for a change right now for Christian Pulisic, and a change to an even higher profile team.”
The report adds that the American is out of contract in 2020 and should he refuse to extend his stay at Dortmund, the club could sell him in the coming window.
Liverpool could do with someone like Pulisic in their side, and he would certainly do well under his former boss Klopp.
The American is one of the bright players in the Bundesliga but hasn’t been great in the current campaign for Borussia Dortmund.
The youngster has been upstaged by Jadon Sancho, who is playing better than him at the moment.
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