How Klopp changed Liverpool

27 Th5 2022 | 15:38

From the shards of the Brendan Rodgers era, Jurgen Klopp forged ahead and turned Liverpool into a force in European football.

2015-2016 season

October 2015, Klopp Taking over Liverpool feels disorienting after Rodgers didn’t have the success he expected. They are also no longer captain Steven Gerrard and then world top scorer Luis Suarez.

Klopp only worked with the team three days before his debut. However, instead of continuing to use the tactics and style that players have become accustomed to since Rodgers, the German coach immediately adopted a preferred tactical pressure (an all-out counter-attack).

In this game, Liverpool used Klopp’s familiar 4-3-3 formation and kept moving, leaving Spurs wondering what was going on with them. Klopp wants Liverpool to gain possession quickly and deploy at a faster pace, demanding that his players continue to press high. It was also Liverpool’s most moving game that season, and they also became the first team to run more than Tottenham (116km vs 114.8km).

Jurgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool in their first game in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham on 17 October 2015.Photo: The Guardian

Jurgen Klopp took charge of Liverpool in their first game in a 0-0 draw with Tottenham on 17 October 2015. picture: guardian

Klopp immediately started a revolution, but there is still a lot of work to be done. Liverpool players run a lot, but at times lack maturity, confusion and cohesion. This happened for the rest of the season, putting them in two finals. First, Liverpool lost 3-1 to Manchester City on penalties in the Carabao Cup final after a 1-1 draw at official time. Klopp then went on to miss his first title with a 3-1 loss to Sevilla in the Europa League final. The result also saw Liverpool miss out on Champions League tickets for next season as they only finished eighth in the Premier League.

2016-2017 season

Liverpool have won their fourth and third Premier League titles at the start of Klopp’s first full season. Liverpool’s stellar performance offered a lot of hope as it showed the German coach was delivering on his promise to bring heavyweight football to Anfield.

This is Mike Phelan’s game at Hull City, with two important changes up front.First is work Roberto Firmino Playing a virtual striker, Klopp did just that in last season’s 4-1 win over Manchester City.

Klopp added some newcomers to Liverpool's starting line-up for their 5-1 win over Hull City on September 24, 2016.Photo: The Guardian

Klopp added some newcomers to Liverpool’s starting line-up for their 5-1 win over Hull City on September 24, 2016. picture: guardian

The second is sublime performance Sadio ManeMany fans doubted Liverpool’s nearly $40 million deal to buy the Senegalese winger from Southampton. However, Mane quickly quelled all doubts with his speed and terrifying goal-scoring instincts. Mane’s importance was evident when he joined Senegal for the Africa Cup of Nations, leaving Liverpool breathless and unable to compete for the title.

Anfield boss also Giorgio Wijnaldum Moved from Newcastle in the summer of 2016 for $30 million. Like Mane, the Netherlands midfielder has been instrumental in helping Liverpool return to the Champions League in fourth place in the Premier League.

2017-2018 season

Many Liverpool fans may have chosen the 2017-2018 season as their favourite under Klopp, despite their 3-1 loss to Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kyiv. The reason is that Liverpool are starting to play attractive, attractive football, which shows that glory is close.

Klopp has the dynamic, world-class full-back duo he has wanted since he came to power, Trent Alexander-Arnold And Andrew Robertson – he only paid Liverpool $10m to sign from Hull. The signing also shows a keen eye for Klopp’s transfer arena.

What’s more, the German coach has a new leader at the back to round out the team, when he persuaded the leader to spend a record $100 million to recruit. Virgil Van Dijk Departing Southampton in January 2018.Klopp decides to aggressively upgrade defence after selling Philippe Coutinho Paid nearly $200 million for Barcelona.

Liverpool during a 5-0 match against hosts Porto on February 14, 2018.Photo: The Guardian

Liverpool during a 5-0 match against hosts Porto on February 14, 2018. picture: guardian

Liverpool fans mourned Coutinho’s departure but were quickly overwhelmed by Van Dijk’s calm and steady performance. With the Dutch midfielder in place, Klopp can push the team higher. Van Dijk’s presence helped Klopp perfect his stress-ball style.

It’s also the season Mohamed Salah – He joined Liverpool from Roma for $48m – with 44 goals in 52 appearances in all competitions. He formed an irreplaceable attacking trio with Mane and Firmino. Their best game was a 5-0 first-leg win over Porto in the Champions League round of 16, when Mane scored a hat-trick with goals from Salah and Firmino each.

2018-2019 season

Liverpool have reached the Champions League final for the second time in a row. This time, they beat Tottenham 2-0 to cement English football’s lead in Europe with a sixth Champions League/European Cup Winners’ Cup, well ahead of the team with the second-most titles in England. (Manchester United – 3 title). It was also Klopp’s first Champions League title, having lost two finals with Borussia Dortmund in 2013 and Liverpool in 2018.

The most obvious change in Liverpool is the position of the wooden frame. Loris Karius has no future at Anfield after a humbling Champions League final defeat against Real Madrid. Simon Mignolet also doesn’t have Klopp’s absolute trust.Therefore, he asked management to spend $88 million to convert Alisson Become the most expensive goalkeeper in the world.

Basically, it’s the money left after selling Coutinho to Barca and it’s the right investment. Alisson helped Klopp solve his goalkeeping problems with a superb debut season. In the Champions League final against Tottenham, he also made eight saves to help the home team keep a clean sheet.

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final on June 1, 2019.Photo: The Guardian

Liverpool beat Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 in the Champions League final on June 1, 2019. picture: guardian

Like Van Dijk, Alisson helped change the face of Liverpool’s defence. The Brazilian goalkeeper has the technique, positional awareness and good footwork to allow Liverpool’s ball deployment to develop seamlessly from the baseline.

Another important signing for Liverpool in the summer of 2018 was also Brazilian player Fabinho. Klopp has made no secret of his intentions to bring in a senior defensive midfielder, who should bring Fabinho from Monaco for $50 million after Emre Can arrives at Juventus. It took him some time to settle in, but he gradually found his footing in the second round.

Fabinho’s aggression, competitiveness and strong play helped Liverpool reach a new level, not only in Europe but in the Premier League as they won 97 points, just one point behind champions Manchester City. Four years later, Klopp has found the best frame.

2019-2020 season

The team that helped Liverpool win their first Premier League title, as well as the European Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup – are largely the same as last season. They have enough confidence and motivation to fight for the title, even if they are out of rhythm with the season suspended due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

If a change had to be found, it would be in the defense. After an excellent 2018-2019 season with Van Dijk, Joel Matip was regularly sidelined with serious ankle and knee injuries. Overall, he has only made 13 appearances this season.

Matip was replaced by Joe Gomez-Van Dijk’s regular defensive partner in the 2018-2019 season until the England midfielder suffered a serious ankle injury in December. Gomez returned strongly and made 43 appearances in the 2019-2020 season, including Including a victory over Crystal Palace at Anfield without spectators, put Liverpool in the hands of the Premier League champions. They were crowned when Manchester City lost to Chelsea a day later.

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on June 24, 2020.Photo: The Guardian

Liverpool beat Crystal Palace 4-0 on June 24, 2020. picture: guardian

2020-2021 season

In Liverpool’s first season as English football champions since 1991, Klopp suffered a defensive crisis as he lost three of his best centre-backs, Van Dijk, Matip and Gomez, to long-term injuries. After pushing Dejan Lovren to Zenit in the summer, the German coach has had to try different solutions to put out the fire, including pairing Jordan Henderson with Fabinho. This led to the collapse of the Liverpool midfield.

In the winter transfer window, Klopp “fired”, signing two centre-backs Ben Davies from Preston for $2 million and Ozan Kabac on loan from Schalke. Both are completely disappointing. Davis hasn’t played a game, and Kabak struggled as the team lost its way, most notably a six-game losing streak at home.

Klopp then had to rely on the youth team to make up for it. Nat Phillips and Reece Williams played at centre-back in all five of their season-ending wins, including a 4-2 win over Manchester United at Old Trafford to help Liverpool move into the Premier League’s top four. The 24- and 20-year-old duo, while still young, have shown remarkable maturity in difficult circumstances.

On May 13, 2021, Liverpool defeated Manchester United 4-2 with the promotion of two central defenders from the Nat Phillips-Reece Williams youth team.Photo: The Guardian

On May 13, 2021, Liverpool defeated Manchester United 4-2 with the promotion of two central defenders from the Nat Phillips-Reece Williams youth team. picture: guardian

Another factor that helped Liverpool regain their strength at the end of the season was Thiago Alcantara and Diogo Jota – The duo were recruited by Liverpool in the summer. What’s more, goalkeeper Alisson’s header in injury time helped Liverpool beat host West Brom 2-1 in the 36th round of the Premier League. The extraordinary moment helped Alisson become the first goalkeeper in Liverpool’s history to score in an official match and the first to head a goal in the Premier League.

2021-2022 season

This season, Klopp has brought back the best centre-backs, but the squad has also changed a lot. Most notably, Luis Diaz was brought in from Porto for a total of $72 million in the January 2022 transfer window. The Colombian winger immediately became a key member of Klopp’s squad, scoring six goals in all competitions.

The appearance of Diaz allowed Klopp to push Mane to play as a striker many times. Also, Jota always excels when given the chance. That leaves Firmino unable to compete for the position, albeit partly due to injury, and has little future at Anfield.

On the defensive end, Konat has gradually won Klopp’s trust after joining Liverpool from RB Leipzig for 47 million. Up front, Thiago – after a shaky first season – has become a mainstay of Liverpool’s game with his vision and ability to distribute the ball. He was Klopp’s favourite midfield trio alongside Fabinho and Nabikeita, and captain Jordan Henderson got used to the bench.

The fact that Georginio Wijnaldum has joined Paris Saint-Germain on a free-form basis also opens the door to more playing opportunities for Harvey Elliott, the 19-year-old who suffered a fractured ankle against Leeds United in September 2021 and is in need This is put to good use before surgery. Elliott, Alexander-Arnold, Phillips, Williams and Curtis Jones all got their chance, showing Klopp’s confidence in young players.

British newspaper guardian This is the third best Liverpool squad under Klopp after the 2017-2018 and 2018-20 seasons. The most impressive performance of the season came in the FA Cup semi-final, when Liverpool led Manchester City 3-0 at half-time, displaying aggressive and dynamic football.

Liverpool's squad for the 3-2 away win over Manchester City on April 16, 2022 can also be used by Klopp when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final tomorrow, May 28.Photo: The Guardian

Liverpool’s squad for the 3-2 away win over Manchester City on April 16, 2022 can also be used by Klopp when they face Real Madrid in the Champions League final tomorrow, May 28. picture: guardian

Liverpool have been in high form for most of the season, winning a League Cup and FA Cup double.Despite being unable to overtake Manchester City in the race for the Premier League title and disappointed with a four-peat, Liverpool are confident of defeating real Win a third title of the season in the Champions League final tomorrow, May 28, at the Stade de France in Paris.

The game will not only show how much Liverpool have changed after seven years under Klopp, but also the potential for strong growth over the next few seasons.

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