One of the most memorable moments from Jürgen Klopp’s first campaign came after Adam Lallana scored a last-gasp winner in a raucous 5-4 win over the soon-to-be-relegated Norwich side at Carrow Road.
As soon as the net bulged, the English international ripped his shirt off, and ran with the rest of the squad to greet an ecstatic Klopp on the touchline. In the celebration, Christian Benteke’s hand clumsily came down on the boss’s face, breaking his glasses.
Almost a year later, and Klopp is still joking about the incident.
“They were absolutely broken! In the picture I have them in my hands.
“It was Christian Benteke who did it. So don't kill my glasses or otherwise you will be sold!”
So there you have it, folks. It had nothing to do with Benteke’s poor fit for Klopp’s gegenpressing, and everything to do with a pair of broken glasses.
On a more serious note, Klopp discussed that match in the larger context of Liverpool’s uncanny ability to have dramatic finishes to matches, and how that ability (unfortunately) cuts both ways.
“I actually don't wish we have games like this a lot of times because it's quite nervy and intense. It was a very different end to the game than what happened to us at Bournemouth earlier this month!
“In that moment, when we drove home from Norwich, I knew there would be a day when we would be on the other end of a result like that. We are a team that's involved in a lot of dramatic endings.”
With Klopp and his patented brand of Heavy Metal Football™, we have to take the good with the bad. In a little over a year, and 100 league goals later, I think it’s safe to say we’ve had more good than bad under Jürgen Klopp. And thank Fowler Philippe Coutinho isn’t tall enough to break Klopp’s glasses.