Jürgen Klopp’s time as the manager of Liverpool FC has seen the club break numerous records, end title droughts, and turn doubters into believers. A huge factor in Liverpool’s success under Klopp’s tutelage has been their remarkable success at home.
In the years before Klopp was hired to put the Reds back on their perch, the reputation of Anfield as a fortress where visiting teams would be lucky to escape with a result had began to wane. That’s not to say it was an easy place for the opposition to play, but the ground didn’t seem to have the same feel that it was known for during so much of the club’s history.
Klopp himself made note of this in the early days of his tenure when he called out the Anfield faithful for not creating the atmosphere that was needed to make club’s home a fortress once more.
It didn’t take long for Klopp’s goal of turning doubters into believers to take shape, and as the atmosphere at the ground grew, Liverpool’s home form improved. Liverpool have since become a nearly unstoppable force when they play on their home pitch, where they have not lost a Premier League match since a 2-1 defeat at the hands of Crystal Palace in April of 2017.
Since that day, the Reds have played 62 league matches at Anfield. They have won 51 of those matches, drawn 11, and have not lost a single one. If they can continue that trend against West Ham tomorrow, they will match a club record that was set when the legendary Bob Paisley oversaw a 63 match league unbeaten run from 1978-81.
Matching a 40-year-old record that was set by one of the largest icons in the club’s history would be a remarkable achievement, especially considering how far the club has come since Klopp took the reins. It’s a wonderful reminder that Klopp is a world class manager who has put Liverpool back on their perch and turned Anfield into an extremely difficult place to play once more.
It’s a real shame that the Kop will be empty when Jürgen’s Reds take the pitch tomorrow. The believers deserve to be there to urge the boys on as they try to extend this Anfield unbeaten run to 63. But ultimately, whether the stands are full or empty, whether Liverpool match the record or not, the fact that Jürgen Klopp has managed to get us to a point where this is even a possibility is something to celebrate.
Whatever happens tomorrow, Klopp has made it a true joy be a Liverpool supporter. His side has brought light into so many lives at a time when the world can feel so dark. For that, I am eternally grateful. Up the (hopefully) record setting Reds!