Despite feelings to the contrary, it’s only been roughly a year since Brendan Rodgers was fired and Jürgen Klopp was hired to replace him. A year of touchline celebrations, broken glasses, wins and losses. A year of forwards and backs, two ahead and one behind. When he came to Liverpool Klopp spoke of taking time, but needing to turn doubters into believers. The Echo spoke to Klopp to find out how he’s feeling leading up the anniversary - and responded in typical Jürgen fashion.
“I have no time, and I am not in the mood for reflection, to be honest,” Klopp said. “After one year standing here, we can talk like this. There was doubt, there was a lot of rumour around me. People said ‘obviously he was a good coach at Dortmund but a German managing here doesn’t work’ things like this. That’s better now.
“The thing is, I’m not here for a year, I’m here hopefully for the long term, and it means that we have to use all the information we have until now and learn from it. That’s how life works, collecting experience, learning from it and being ready for the next challenge.”
It’s a great sentiment, and if anyone expected Klopp to do anything but look forward maybe hasn’t been paying attention. A philosophy that has been at work ever since he asked for the time to make changes and progress at the club, and working to instill in the players as well.
“We have to create hope, dreams, whatever,” he said. “The only problem is that we cannot hope and we cannot dream! Everyone else is allowed (to dream). So far this season it’s a very positive thing to talk about but we have to go out and do it.
“This club has a lot of work to do, it’s not about enjoying the history, it’s about being part of it. And being a part of it is nice.”
For a club that prides itself on history, and on having more of it than any other, it’s almost poetic to have a manager who understands and more than ever wants to add to that history - and be part of it.