Klopp at the Kopp: Liverpool manager celebrates two years at Anfield
By Daniel J. McLaughlin
When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield in October 2015, he promised: "If we sit here in four years, I think we (will) win one title." The German manager is now past the halfway point of this commitment to win trophies at Liverpool. He came close in his very first season, guiding the Reds to two finals in the League Cup and the Europa League. Since then, they have barely had a sniff of silverware, although he secured their Champions League return after a three-year absence.
Since replacing Brendan Rodgers, he has "opted for evolution rather than revolution", the Independent argues, using 15 players this season he had inherited from the Northern Irishman. He has both maintained the status quo at Anfield, while tinkering with the set-up with his own additions. Klopp splashed out £30 million on Sadio Mane, and he has since become the club's most important player, as well as making "a shrewd free signing" in the form of Joel Matip; Gini Wijnaldum has also proved to be one of Klopp's most trusted lieutenants, the Daily Mail reports. His recent acquisition of Mo Salah, breaking the club's record transfer fee, is currently paying off, with the striker netting six goals in 20 league appearances.
They add that one of the standout images of this season is of the German turning around to the Anfield faithful and hollering, "That is football!" during their Champions League qualifier against Hoffenheim. Klopp cannot be faulted in his commitment at the club, and "seeing Liverpool play a brand of football that excites and inspires and entertains supporters every time they come through the turnstiles".
Sky Sports argues that his philosophy has given the Reds "the kind of identity and direction they previously lacked". The Liverpool manager has also significantly improved their record against their direct rivals. In the last 20 league meetings with Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur, Liverpool have only lost twice – amassing more points and scoring eight more goals than the top six from last year's campaign.
Liverpool face Manchester United in the Premier League this Saturday at Anfield (K.O. 12.30pm), with the game available to watch on Sky Sports Premier League.