Jürgen Klopp has transformed Liverpool during his tenure. The German has instilled a philosophy that frightens teams and a mentality that has rekindled an age old affinity between the players and fans.
Despite winning the Champions League in June, Klopp won’t be Liverpool’s most successful modern manager. Will he be one of Liverpool’s best and most important managers? Of course. Klopp will go down as the German Shankly.
When Bill Shankly arrived at Liverpool, the club were struggling. The Reds were languishing in the Second Division, Anfield was in disrepair and the situation looked hopeless. Shankly transformed the club, winning 3 first division titles during his time at the helm. Shankly put the foundations in place for a dynasty. However, it was Bob Paisley that reaped the rewards. When Shankly retired in 1974, Paisley was installed as manager to ensure continuity. Under Paisley, Liverpool only finished lower than runners up in the league once in nine years. Paisley picked up at least one major honour in eight of his nine seasons, including three European cups.
With Klopp stating that he would like to take a sabbatical from football – reported here in the Metro – after his current deal with Liverpool expires, it will be his successor that reaps the rewards of his hard work. The German has laid the foundations for a modern Liverpool dynasty, similar to that enjoyed by Paisley and Fagan.
While Klopp will go down as Liverpool’s greatest modern manager, he won’t be our most successful this millennium. Klopp’s successor will walk into a team ready to win everything for seasons to come.