Liverpool Football Club have been blessed with some of the best managers in the game over their history. You can look at the list of impressive trophy hauls associated with each of their reigns at the club, or you can just listen to the Kop sing songs about the giants who prowled the touchline at Anfield.
Bill Shankley. Bob Paisley. Kenny Danglish. Rafa Benitez.
And now, the club have been blessed with the enigmatic man from the Black Forest, Herr Jürgen Klopp. After the game against Southampton, it was announced that the club had reached 300 points in the league under Klopp in just 146 games. This beat Danglish’s previous club record of 300 points in 150 games set back in 1989. Not to shabby a record for what many consider the most competitive league in the world.
When Klopp took the reigns of Liverpool in 2016, the club seemed to be without a cohesive identity. Anfield had lost its magic, and the club had lost its way. Klopp sought to change all of that. He brought with him a plan to press other teams into oblivion, as well as messages of hope for the club faithful.
Given the backing of Fenway Sports Group and the magic of Michael Edwards’ laptop, Klopp and company built a cohesive squad through shrewd transfers, hard work, and lots and lots of hugs. All of those efforts have paid off with trips to three European title games, including winning the Champions League trophy, and mounting a furious title challenge in the Premier League last season.
Under Klopp, Anfield is a fortress again. Under Klopp, the team has an identity. Under Klopp, Liverpool have pulled themselves back into the list of elite clubs in the world.
Liverpool are back, and seem positioned for sustained success. While the season has just begun, let’s all take a few minutes to recognize what Klopp has built in four short years.