Liverpool’s surge back to the pinnacle of European football has unleashed a consistency that has been all but unprecedented in the history of top-flight football.
English champions-elect, European kings and champions of the world are no longer distance dreams but an unremitting reality.
Jurgen Klopp inherited a team that had lost its way and one that was culpable of allowing the team to deteriorate and be chinked of its armoury.
Gone are the times where other European heavyweights are lurking and scheming ways of tapping up Liverpool’s most prized assets.
The Reds are no longer identified as a stepping stone for ambitious European talent looking at Merseyside as a temporary destination before leaving for unparalleled stardom elsewhere.
Why would any of Liverpool’s current crop be looking elsewhere? The Reds have already wrapped up the Premier League and have their sights set on a third consecutive Champions League final.
Following an era that saw unrivalled domination from Spain’s heavy hitters Real Madrid and Barcelona, finally, someone has emerged from the shadows to knock the world-beaters from their perch – and that team can be located on the red side of Stanley Park.
Liverpool haven’t achieved this the easy way either. The Reds have resisted the urge to splurge out astronomical figures on recognised icons in an attempt to shift the tide. FSG and instrumental sporting director Michael Edwards have had to bide their time and meticulously develop long-term sustainable strategy to get the club back on top.
Their transfer history speaks volumes to that notion. When the club brought in Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane, Andy Robertson and Gini Wijnaldum none were acknowledged European heavy-hitters but instead players who had a talent that was waiting to be unleashed by the right club and more importantly the right manager.
Jurgen Klopp’s greatest achievement is not what he has brought into the club but instead what he has made better that already existed. Just look at how the German manager has transformed Jordan Henderson. What was once a player who was the lightning rod of criticism is set to become a Premier League and Champions League-winning captain whilst is deservedly being touted for the PFA Player of the Year.
Europe has a new conquerer and a team that is able to make the unsustainable seem ordinary. Liverpool are back where they belong and there isn’t anyone who can claim they don’t deserve it.