Jurgen Klopp is about to enter his second full season in charge of the Merseyside giants. The charismatic German arrived at the club back in October 2015 and it wasn’t long before he won the hearts of the Anfield faithful. Like Jose, Arsene and Fergie he wasn’t the greatest of footballers in his day but took to management like a duck to water.
He began his managerial journey with his beloved Mainz 05 and worked wonders during his 7 year spell at Borussia Dortmund before arriving on the British Isles.
Even as somebody who doesn’t support Liverpool, it’s almost impossible to dislike the man, his charismatic press conferences and interviews often put a smile on my face and many others.
At the start of the 2016/17 season Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool’s primary objective would have been to qualify for Europe’s premier club competition – the UEFA champion’s league. Job done, the reds finished the season in fourth place, a point clear of Arsenal.
As a neutral I admire Liverpool Football Club, they’re rich in history, ooze class and their European dominance in the past provided the platform that has seen the English top flight become one of the most desirable destinations for footballers all over the world.
Without doubt, the countries second biggest club but their failure to win the title since 1989/90 means they’ve been somewhat left behind. Brendan and Luis came close but it was not to be.
Klopp has found a way of beating the leagues ‘bigger sides’ and Jurgen’s reds are just a few players away from mounting a serious title challenge.
Away wins at Arsenal, Chelsea and Everton combined with draws at Old Trafford and The Etihad were overshadowed by points dropped at home versus West Ham, Swansea, Bournemouth and Crystal Palace.
Champion’s league participation will increase the strain on what I already believe to be a thin squad. The Virgil Van Dijk saga continues to drag on and with the Red’s yet to make a marquee signing this summer how do you see them getting on?