A look at Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp
When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in October 2015, the Anfield loyalists knew they could be in for something special. In his third season with the Merseyside club, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has earned immense respect, love and trust. The supporters have identified the German as their leader and 'in Klopp we trust' banners are across Anfield. So what's the love story about?
Two European finals in three seasons sum it up for the German manager. He has acquired the right players and has changed their style. Roberto Firmino, for example, has now become a striker in a 4-3-3 formation. The heavy pressing game has been successful. Liverpool's goal-scoring success can be attributed to this 'Klopp' factor.
Remember the years he had with Dortmund? He had Ruhr Valley singing to his tunes. Dortmund challenged Bayern Munich for titles and a young side with strong attributes did wonders. One assured gift Klopp has, that makes him effective, is the emotional investment. From being vocal and dramatic with players besides getting the fans on song, he gives it all.
He won promotion for Mainz to Bundesliga and that quickly drew attention from Dortmund. Rest as they call is history! Two league titles and three domestic cups with the 'Yellow Submarine' helped him stamp his authority in challenging the power of Bayern. He reached the Champions League finale in 2012-13. With Liverpool he hasn't reached that level, but now is the time.
3 years after his arrival at the club, the Klopp project has started delivering results. A player like James Milner is mainly there to win balls and when he gets assists it's a bonus. Klopp has a plan for players and his attacking threat on the counter is unmatched at the moment. Being in the UCL final has been his biggest achievement.
After the Europa League finale set-back against Sevilla two seasons ago, Klopp must have learnt to find a new way. He has the resources and an UCL victory could present him with further trophies that come along with it. That sets him well at Anfield.