Since his arrival in October last year, Jürgen Klopp has brought a new feel and belief to Anfield that had once been lost through Brendan Rodgers’s last months at Liverpool.
It all started with a 0-0 draw away at Tottenham, followed by a first home win for the new coach, coming against Bournemouth. It seemed that the famous buzz and atmosphere around Anfield was coming back, increasing its intensity game by game.
One of Klopp’s most emphatic victories in his debut season came at Stamford Bridge, with Liverpool defeating Chelsea 3-1. Shortly following that game, came a 4-1 thrashing of Manchester City at the Etihad. From that moment forward, Liverpool fans started to realise that with Klopp, they had something very special.
Throughout the season, Klopp’s pressing style of play became more distinct as he had more training with his time, Under the German’s guidance Liverpool reached their first final since the League Cup success of 2012. Unfortunately, that day, Manchester City was victorious via a penalty shoot-out. Although, Liverpool hadn’t played to the best of their ability, fans knew what Klopp was capable of.
With the season picking up pace, Liverpool had gained access to the Europa League last 16, by narrowly topping their group. The last 16 tie came against Manchester United, a high calibre game in any circumstance. Liverpool reigned victorious and won the home leg 2-0, with a very impressive all round display from the team. Klopp’s men went to Old Trafford knowing a draw would be enough and they got that, with a moment of genius from Philippe Coutinho.
Next up was Borussia Dortmund, the former club of Klopp no less. The away leg resulted in a positive 1-1 draw to take back to Anfield. The second leg got off to an abysmal start with Dortmund going 2-0 up within 10 minutes. The passion and desire shown by the team after going 3-1 down was clear to see and with 4 minutes of time added on, Liverpool completed the remarkable comeback with a stoppage time winner from Dejan Lovren.
The passion and fight from the team really set the tone for the night. With an aggregate semi-final victory against Villarreal, progression to the Europa League final was secured. This was the moment that Liverpool fans had been waiting for, for what seemed, since the Champions League success of 2005.
A wonder goal from Daniel Sturridge couldn’t prevent a 3-1 loss on the night, with Sevilla reigning victorious. A momentous occasion somewhat spoiled by the result, it seemed Liverpool fans beckoned for changes to be made over the summer period and to an extent, Klopp obliged.
With the summer transfer window nearly upon us, it will be interesting to see Klopp work his magic on the squad, bringing in players and also getting rid of others. However unclear Klopp’s transfer plans are, one thing is for sure: he’s changed us from doubters to believers and with Mr Klopp, we have something very special.
Liverpool will be heading into the 2016/17 season full of confidence under the former Mainz and Dortmund manager. Whether or not Liverpool will challenge for silverware remains to be seen but I am confident that the fans will remain transfixed by his work.
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