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.