Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has already won over the hearts of the vast majority of the Kop faithful. This follows an unbelievable Champions League victory last season. However, the fact remains is that the Reds’ still haven’t won the Premier League and it may be the ultimate factor in terms of how football fans remember him when he eventually decides to leave the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach won two Bundesliga titles in his homeland and reached a Champions League final in 2013. He was most unfortunate not to win the English domestic title last season with a very impressive 97 points to show for his side’s efforts.
But with Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City raising the performance levels to heights of gargantuan proportions, the German will have a tough job on his hands to repeat the form that his Liverpool side shown in the last campaign, having only lost one game.
He certainly has the tools for the job, and with emphasis directed towards Liverpool’s youth development setup at Melwood during the summer transfer window, the 52-year-old evidently feels that no additions could have possibly improved his starting XI. Klopp has taken a gamble with Manchester City strengthening with the signings of Rodri and Joao Cancelo, he has placed a lot of faith in his current set of players.
On the other side of the coin, Klopp possesses world-class talent, and has arguably, one of the best Liverpool sides of the Premier League era. Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, Mohamed Salah, Sadio Mane and Roberto Firmino have all been placed in the category as one of the best in the world.
Liverpool will know that it’s going to be problematic to improve, but it is imperative that the Reds’ win at the difficult places to play football in the Premier League. This includes all of the top six stadia and Klopp simply has to walk away with all three points from those games, particularly from the Etihad in April which will be a mammoth clash.