Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool are badly out of form, but his legacy at Anfield will never be tarnished.
Not since the likes of Joe Fagan and Bob Paisley has there been a Liverpool manager to match Jurgen Klopp’s. Under Rafa Benitez there were great highlights, but sustained success always eluded him. Klopp came into the club at a turbulent time.
Losing Luis Suarez had left an unmovable shadow over the club, one that Brendan Rodgers couldn’t come out from under.
When he came in, Jurgen Klopp spoke of wanting to turn doubters into believers. It started with the Red’s 2016 Europa League run, Manchester United fell first, and then came that Anfield night against Borussia Dortmund.
Dejan Lovren’s header was the start of a movement that would see Jurgen Klopp’s Reds claim the European and English crowns.
During that journey, we saw Jurgen Klopp’s ruthlessness come through. Martin Skrtel, Joe Allen, Mamadou Sakho were shown the door as Jurgen Klopp’s team started to take shape. Sadio Mane, Georginio Wijnaldum, Mohamed Salah were signed as each piece of the title-winning team started to come together.
Then came the true glory from 2018 onwards. Liverpool fans have had a couple of tastes of it, but continuous success has eluded us for far too long. Now, however, Jurgen Klopp is facing the doubters once again.
The fear factor at Anfield is gone, players who are usually world-class, have had their worst run of form in years.
However, the win against Leipzig started to show a bit of life, a bit of hope. The forwards were interchanging positions, making runs behind the line. With Fabinho anchoring the midfield, Thiago was finally freed to show off his passing ability.
Where there has been nothing but doubt and disappointment for the last couple of months, there’s a ray of hope on the horizon.
Jurgen Klopp will, of course, leave Anfield in the next few years. His contract will expire in 2024 and if he doesn’t renew it he’ll be given a fond farewell. Even if he does not manage to turn this run of form around, Klopp’s legacy should be viewed as nothing short of incredible success.