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 are the favourites” – Bayern Munich star backs Reds to beat the Bundesliga giants
Latest Liverpool news: Joshua Kimmich claims Liverpool are favourites ahead of Champions League clash
The first leg takes place on Tuesday night at Anfield, and the German claims Bayern’s inconsistency and Liverpool’s form this season makes the English side the favourites (h/t Telegraph):
“Liverpool are the favourites.
“They have lost one league game all season and have let in only 15 goals. But when you look at us, we are not as consistent as before.”
Bayern have struggled a bit this season under new manager Niko Kovac and trail Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga.
The Reds have been supreme in the league losing just once but are tied on points at the top of the table with Manchester City.
Jurgen Klopp making the difference for Liverpool
Kimmich was asked a range of questions by the Telegraph and the 24-year-old spoke about Jurgen Klopp possibly becoming the Germany boss in the future.
The Bayern star claimed Klopp could coach any side in the world and was amazed regarding the connection the manager has with the fans and players.
“You can see how he pushes his players to another level. Every player is better with this coach.”
Klopp has had his run-ins with Bayern during his spell as Dortmund manager, and it will be interesting to see how we perform in the first leg on Tuesday.
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Liverpool haven’t played since defeating Bournemouth 3-0 and had a 10-day break to prepare for this clash. The Reds then play Manchester United at the weekend, and these two huge games should see the best out of the team.
19-year-old Liverpool target emerges on arch-rivals Man United’s radar for the summer
Liverpool FC transfer news: Manchester United and PSG battle for Liverpool target Joao Felix
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Benfica’s starlet Joao Felix, according to the Mirror. However, there is a lot of interest in the 19-year-old, who has a release clause of £105million (h/t Mirror).
The report adds that Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain are “locked” in a battle for Felix, who has been dubbed as the next Cristiano Ronaldo.
Manchester City, Bayern Munich, Real Madrid, Arsenal and Chelsea are also admirers of Europe’s rising talent, according to the report. Ronaldo has also been seen at Benfica games, and the Mirror adds that the youngster wants to play alongside the legend one day.
However, the report claims that Juventus are not in the running for the 19-year-old with PSG and Manchester United leading the race for his signature.
Liverpool have youngsters performing away on loan
Although the Reds could do with more senior attacking options to provide cover for Mohamed Salah and co, Liverpool have a few youngsters doing well on loan this season.
Felix would cost a bomb, according to the report, while the likes of Harry Wilson and Ryan Kent have done well at Derby County and Rangers respectively.
We also have Marko Grujic doing exceptionally well at Hertha Berlin, but it seems he will be loaned out for another year.
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Felix has a bright future ahead of him and it will be interesting to see if he switches from Benfica to another club in the summer window.
Liverpool will reject any moves for this 26-year-old star as they aren’t a “selling club” any more
Liverpool FC transfer news: Liverpool know they can reject offers for Mohamed Salah
The report adds that Liverpool are not seen as a selling club any more and Jurgen Klopp has transformed the club into a final destination for players.
Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino and Salah all signed new deals in recent months and will remain at the club till 2023, according to the Express.
A financial expert further weighed in on the matter and highlighted the club’s recent profits too (h/t Express):
“Liverpool are no longer a selling club. After posting profits of £125m they can resist any offers.”
Anfield is home
This is a welcome change when compared to earlier seasons where our top players went off to other clubs.
Philippe Coutinho was the most recent example as he left the Reds for Barcelona, but he did create a bit of a scene before leaving Anfield.
Luis Suarez was another player that swapped the Reds for the Catalan club while we lost the likes of Javier Mascherano and Xabi Alonso too for various reasons.
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The Reds are possibly in the best health as a club on and off the field during the Premier League era, and hopefully, all this translates into some form of success with a trophy coming home.