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.
“It’s the wrong club for him” – ESPN pundit urges American star to snub Chelsea and join Liverpool
The American sensation has been linked (h/t Guardian ) with a move to the Premier League with Chelsea and Liverpool interested in the winger.
Pulisic has found starts hard to come at the Bundesliga leaders and Mariner was quoted by the Express saying:
“No, don’t do it.
“It’s the wrong club for him.
“He’s just going to go into a hopper of decent footballers who eventually go out on loan.
“Is he going to get in the team on this present form? No he’s not.
The former Gunner added that Pulisic is still developing as a player and Liverpool would be great for him, especially because we have Jurgen Klopp
“If you were to ask me for a club he should go to – Liverpool.
“Klopp understands the Bundesliga, he understands what it takes to mould a player. He knows him very, very well.
“If Pulisic were to go to Liverpool, the nurturing and the way that Klopp puts his arm around players, I think it would be a fabulous move for him.”
The 20-year-old would be an incredible signing for the Reds and would add more firepower to our star-studded attack.
Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino haven’t been firing on all cylinders this season but the addition of Pulisic could change that.
The American would not come on the cheap but given he has a ton of potential and is only 20, Klopp should take a punt on the Dortmund youngster.
(Video) Liverpool star breaks down after seeing his side win 1-0 over Equatorial Guinea
The attacker had to be helped off the pitch by his teammates despite the team winning the game. The Metro reports that Mane had the chance to double Senegal’s lead in the game but missed his chance.
Many supporters turned on the 26-year-old and booed him for the miss. When the match ended, Mane fell to the ground, tearing up.
His teammates tried to help him up but the Liverpool star fell once again before he was taken off the pitch.
Mane has struggled to perform for Liverpool this season, and it seems his form deserted him for the national side too.
Les chaudes larmes de Sadio Mané à la fin du match face à la Guinée Equatoriale (0-1). Cependant, rien n’indique qu’il est blessé.
Le joueur de Liverpool semble triste à cause de son mauvais match.#Senegal #Liverpool #Can2019 pic.twitter.com/eDx7MOHCay
— metrodakar.net (@metrodakar_net) November 17, 2018
Although Senegal won the game, the reaction from Mane was a little surprising. This reaction reminds us of that 3-3 draw against Crystal Palace with Luis Suarez breaking down after the match ended.
The Senegal forward is one of our most important players and we need to have him in the right frame of mind for the rest of the season.
The 26-year-old has seven goals for us this season, which isn’t a bad return, but we haven’t seen the best of our attackers yet.
Our next game is a tough tie against Watford at Vicarage Road, and the Senegalese attacker has to be at his best if we are to pick up the three points.
Liverpool keeping an eye on 18-year-old Brazilian sensation
The 18-year-old recently played for the senior Atletico Mineiro side and is expected to follow the “lead” by Gabriel Jesus, as per the report.
Roberto plays as an attacking midfielder and has also interested the likes of Manchester United, Manchester City, Tottenham and Chelsea, as per the report.
The 18-year-old could be another great Brazilian coming through the ranks and it will be interesting to see if we follow up with our interest.
Liverpool have a few Brazilian internationals in their side with Alisson and Fabinho joining in the summer. Roberto Firmino has enjoyed a fantastic spell under Jurgen Klopp and seems to be getting better with each season under his belt.
The Reds have to be wary regarding South American youngsters as we have another Brazilian on the books, Allan, that has had trouble getting work permits in Britain.
The 21-year-old is currently on loan at Eintracht Frankfurt but hasn’t played a single competitive game for the Reds since joining in 2015.
Roberto could be a star in the making and if he wants to develop into the finished article, there is no better place than Liverpool.
Klopp has one of the best youth teams in England, and the German is known for handing chances to youngsters at the club.
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