HOW JURGEN KLOPP BECOME LIVERPOOL NEW KING OF ALL THE TIME

Jurgen Klopp has turned Liverpool from aside struggling to shake the demons of their failed 2013-14 title challenge to one of the best teams in world football, the enigmatic German is the fastest Reds manager to reach 100 victories and is tantalizingly close to sealing their first league title in 30 years.

after just four seasons crop is on the brink of legendary status on Mercy side, but how has he made Liverpool a European powerhouse once again at a time when football has never been so competitive at the top. this is everything you need to know the series where we give you the story behind some of football’s defining moments.

Brendan Rodgers may have come agonizingly close to winning the league at the Anfield but by the end of the 2014-15 season his team had totally lost their way, star forward Luis Suarez had been sold and without his goals, Liverpool’s deficiencies were brutally exposed.

The new attack of Divock Origi, Rickie Lambert and Mario Balotelli were desperately underwhelming while Rodgers endlessly tinkered with the team’s formation to fit in the 10 new signings made from the Suarez sale. dumped out of the Champions League by FC Basel they ultimately stutter to sixth in the league and Rodgers was eventually fired after a 1-all draw with Everton on October the 4th 201.

after his side gave up a one-nil lead for the fifth time in six games, the team had forgotten how to win. in came Jurgen Klopp who immediately introduced his Gagan press footballing philosophy although his first game ended in a nil-nil draw away to Tottenham it was clear his message was already getting across, they around five kilometers more than in any other game that season this new energy got Liverpool to the Europa League final where they lost 3-1 to severe though they could only finish eighth in the league.

however, cops infectious personality as well as his sparkling CV from his days at Dortmund won him time and freedom to implement his method and assess his squad year-on-year they improved while the club’s dealings in the transfer market helped him forge a team exactly in his image.

Klopp has been superb at adapting to changes in his squad, when Philippe Coutinho left in January 2018 instead of replacing him he reverted the formation to 4-3-3 with the midfielders assuming more defensive responsibilities and the attack being left to the now formidable front three of Mane, Firmino and Salah and when that proved to be not enough he evolved the team again his full-backs in Trent Alexander Arnold and Andrew Robertson became central to forward play adding more threat in the final third with devastating effect.

Jurgen Klopp also revolutionized his own approach. the Gagan press was often guilty of causing burnouts within his teams now rather than rapidly pressing throughout the game Liverpool have become much smarter and efficient at setting traps on the field using active defending to steer their opponents to areas of their advantage where they can counter-attack this routine is well rehearsed while a settled squad has allowed automatic procedures to kick in mid-game helping the team execute their style at the highest tempo even against the toughest of opponents.

Meticulous pre-match preparation including a tailored game plan for each opposing team has given the players the belief they can beat anyone they face.

nothing is left to chance and clock even employs a special throw-in coach to make the best of every situation, Liverpool have unshakeable self belief under the German who has earned the total adoration of his players he makes a point of never calling out individuals publicly while his success has cultivated at an invaluable winning mentality the squad he inherited lack direction and confidence but now have almost forgotten what it feels like to lose.

one of the key factors behind Liverpool’s transformation is how successful crop has been in the transfer market

of the 18 players that traveled to his first game at Tottenham only four remain in fact in four years 28 players have left with only 19 arriving and faith put in Academy Products, Klopp has achieved all of this with a net spend of just over 100 million pounds hugely impressive considering the trio of Alison, van Dijk and Fabinho cost just short of two hundred million pounds collectively

but success in the markets isn’t purely down to luck Klopp excellent relationship with the owners FSG and in particular sporting director Michael Edwards is at the heart of their newfound positive results the two work together when approving transfers and while this may sound simple it wasn’t always that way. by the time of his firing Brendan Rodgers relationship with Edwards had turned sour with both vying for control over acquisitions which led to mistakes.

for example in the summer of 2015 Rodgers wanted to bring in Christian Benteke while Edwards wanted Roberto Firmino resulting in both players arriving at a considerable cost.

now however it is a different story as Klopp is not a manager to spend for the sake of spending so when Liverpool banked the huge 130 million pound fee for Philippe Coutinho the pair knew exactly who to target rather than squander the riches has happened after the Suarez sale

when the decision was made to sign a new centre-back it was Virgil van Dijk or no one else, his calculated approach has been so successful that only four of his 19 arrivals have been moved on since. creating a stabilized and tactically astute squad talent alone isn’t enough to justify a move for a player the personality and previous behavior of any new targets and their entourage is closely considered.

Klopp wants his team to be a harmonious unit on and off the field and he avoids outrageous personalities who can be disruptive.

a perfect example of this was Nabil Fekir, in the summer of 2018 the Reds were heavily linked with the Frenchman for a fee of around 60 million pounds, and the Lyon forward even took a medical as the deadline loomed.

The player’s brother reportedly got involved demanding more money and negotiating new terms. Klopp had seen enough pulling the plug on the move regardless of Fekir undoubted talent it ultimately wasn’t worth the risk.

The days of Liverpool buying the Mario Balotelli ‘s of this world are well and truly gone with the board and owners all united behind Kloops precision, Anfield is no longer just a historic venue but a fortress once again with Klopp making it one of the hardest places to visit in world football. Napoli, Borussia Dortmund, and Barcelona have all fallen victim to the stadium’s roar on a European night since his arrival

in fact prior to defeat by Atletico Madrid in March 2020 they were yet to lose a home knockout tie under the German but this is in the Premier League Liverpool have been particularly impressive having remained undefeated at home for over three years they have won 107 of 168 games at Anfield and they yet to even drop a point there this season it’s where players perform best averaging three goals a game while Mo Salah has registered 46 goals and 15 assists in just 50 home appearances using techniques cultivated during his time at the Westfalenstadion as Dortmund manager Klopp has weaponized Anfield by creating a brilliant connection with the fans.

He regularly challenges the supporters to be vocal complained when seats are empty and hyped up the importance of home power, ever since a home game against West Bromwich Albion in February 2017 his players link arms and salute the crowd after the match in a style typically seen within German football these gestures have elevated the Anfield Army’s sense of self-worth which translates to the players on the pitch.

Fenway Sports Group (FSG) have also recognized the stadium’s ability to gain an edge rather than build a new home elsewhere they have followed a policy of enlarging Anfield where possible. this has helped maintain a historic link between the fans and the ground preserving its famous energy and preventing possible fallouts as seen in West Ham’s move to the Olympic Stadium and Arsenal’s to the Emirates.

there are a few managers in world football who can forge a relationship with the fans quite like Jurgen Klopp anyone who doubts the concept of the 12th man should look no further than a match day on Merseyside, electric football infectious personality and careful recruitment has transformed Liverpool into a title-winning machine on top of this he has provided the psychological belief his team can’t be beaten.

Eleven members of the squad have never tasted a league defeat at home while Klopp reportedly has banned players from touching the iconic this is Anfield sign unless they have won a trophy for the club, to play for him at Anfield you have to be worthy and on the eve of securing a historic Premier League title his approach has more than paid off.