Jürgen Klopp feels Liverpool’s Champions League last-16 tie with Atletico Madrid remains far from decided, despite a 1-0 first-leg defeat for his side in Spain on Tuesday evening.
The Reds had 73 per cent of possession in the encounter but were ultimately unable to find a way through the spirited Atletico rearguard.
But Twitter is blanked with #KloppOut as fans call for the exit of their former Messiah.
It’s been three years since he moved from Signal Iduna Park to Anfield and he really turned things around for the Kops.
He’s taken not only the club but also it’s loyal supporters to greater heights. Apart from their current success in the standings in the premier league, here are the five biggest achievements Klopp brought in for Liverpool.
#1 RESURGENCE IN EUROPE
The last time Liverpool took the UEFA Champions League trophy home was in 2005 through a fantastic turnaround in Istanbul. Fast forward to 10 years, they faced Real Madrid in the champions league final but just fell short whilst they also made it to the Europa League final back in 2016 after 15 years of absence.
These achievements were made possible with the help of a continuous worker in Klopp. The German gaffer has turned the tables around for the reds as he led them to a convincing run in the Europa League in 2016 and an unprecedented return to e champions league final last year.
#2 Unleashing the potential of Roberto Firmino
With the help of the German tactician, Roberto Firmino has found himself a lovely run of form since 2015. He’s played a total of 105 premier league matches, scored a total of 38 goals and provided 23 assists. If not for the trust given to him by Klopp, he might still wander around the bench.
In all fairness, Firmino repaid the faith given to him by Klopp by providing spectacular performances week in and week out. He’s also working hard himself to reach the level he’s in right now and even an eye injury hasn’t stopped him.
#3 Bringing Back Football To The Fans
What’s the most enjoyable way of watching a football match? For Jurgen Klopp, it has to be entertaining. Tactical in a way that the ball is working well for everyone but also flashy for the fans to enjoy the match.
You have the likes of Mo Salah, Bobby Firmino, and Sadio Mane. Do you just keep them in their position knowing that they have the skill and finesse to wriggle past the defenders? Klopp thinks otherwise.
The German gaffer’s tactic doesn’t involve too much possession or passing, it also doesn’t involve too much dribbling by a single man. This goes to show that he knows how to bring out the best in his players without changing the way the play the game.
#4 Bringing Out The Best Out of His Young Players
In the current Liverpool squad, Jurgen Klopp made the most out his young standouts. One of the most notable is Trent Alexander-Arnold. The 20-year old prodigy has already reached the highest level at a tender age and Klopp couldn’t be happier.
Along Alexander-Arnold, he still have Joe Gomez. The 18 year-old defender has played well in their draw against Manchester City where he played as a right back. Despite being in his natural position, fans do believe that he’s better off as a centre back with a partnership with Virgil Van Djik.
#5 Reviving The Premier Leauge
Since his arrival at Anfield, Jurgen Klopp has made a massive effect for Liverpool as they are now being considered as title favourites. Times to really change for the reds as three years ago before Klopp signed as the manager for Liverpool, they’re just happy to be in the top four. Now, their contention will be fulfilled if he can bring the PL trophy back in Anfield.
His record in the premier league has been impressive as well a sign of an improving Liverpool side. If they can continue with this form, they can earn a couple of silverware by the end of the season.
Now, with all these, shall we says the Reds’ fans are being unfair?