By James Miller – @JamesMillernews
When Jurgen Klopp initially took the helm at Liverpool Football Club, what seems like an eternity ago back in 2015, the feel-good factor immediately gripped the Reds’ fanbase.
To this day the raw emotion and pride that the German offers still has the faithful pumping with joy and sense of ambition. In three-and-a-half years of Klopp’s management, Liverpool have moved from the terror of no Champions League football to attract players, to now offering a home as one of Europe’s best clubs.
With the club’s facilities of the highest order and one of the finest stadiums to play football in the world, the issues of not being among Europe’s finest competitions was the only real stumbling block in creating something special.
Since taking over the reigns from Brendan Rodgers, Klopp has taken his time to build a team – an actual team – with harmony and willingness to work for each other. It could be said that there are other clubs with some naturally more gifted footballers at their disposal, but football is a game that requires togetherness and hard work – something this current Liverpool side has in abundance.
After stopping the rot and assessing what the side needed, the dead wood was slowly stripped away and the German began to integrate his own stamp on the side. Looking at the team now, compared to that of when Klopp first arrived the difference really is staggering.
The likes of Joe Allen – currently struggling with Stoke City in the Championship – have been replaced by top professionals in their position like Fabinho, a man who had previously won a league title and also appeared in a Champions League semi-final, something that past signings would probably never have offered.
An upswing in the quality of recruitment has been clear to see, none more so shown by the fact that two of Klopp’s signings have been awarded PFA Player of the Year in the past two seasons, Mohamed Salah and Virgil van Dijk. Add to the mix Alisson Becker receiving the Golden Glove award in his first season and it really does start looking promising moving forward.
All of this looks nice but the facts are simple – Klopp is still yet to bring a trophy to Liverpool as manager, something that the fans have to deal with. Soon enough, though, that will change.
People will laugh and joke about finishing second with 97 points and how it would only happen to the Liverpool but realistically it’s just desperation from fanbases of clubs sitting nowhere near us in any bracket.
Liverpool finished the season with the third highest points tally ever, bettered only by Manchester City this season and last. Klopp isn’t happy there though, when it looks like might just finish a spectacular season trophyless, he stands up and says no.
The Champions League is still on offer and boy did he say something to those lads to pump them up in the semi final to produce an absolutely stunning comeback against one of the best sides in the world to book a place in Madrid on June 1.
A trophy is almost certainly on the horizon and could be delivered within the next few weeks, but even if not the time will come. The Reds are now establishing themselves as one of the best sides in the world and players will be eager to be a part of it.
No matter what happens in Madrid… the future is bright.