Awakening the dragon

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Jurgen Klopp and striker Divock Origi.Credit@i.ytimg.com

Jurgen Klopp a manager with a proven history of turning around the fortunes of a club, may be about to bring unprecedented success to Liverpool Football Club. The club has made two finals since the German’s arrival in October.

Beginning a managerial career in Mainz Germany Jurgen Klopp may now be one of the most respected managers in football. After retiring from a professional playing career at Mainz, Klopp was installed as the club’s manager. Historically a small club at home in the second Bundesliga the club saw a first promotion to the Bundesliga Germany’s top division in 2004 overcoming a four-decade long quest. Taking over in February 2001, Klopp had a significant role to play in the upturn in fortunes for the club, persistence had paid off after coming close several times.

After a successful period in the nineties Borussia Dortmund seemed to have had a relatively quiet one followed in the noughties and a return to former glories may have been desired by the fans. Upon the arrival of Jurgen Klopp in 2008 the club seemed to begin to show renewed effort and passion slowly climbing the Bundesliga standings. In Jurgen’s first season Borussia Dortmund won the German Super cup (the equivalent of the community shield) conquering Bayern Munich in May 2008, a remarkable turn around when it is considered the club only evaded relegation in 2006-2007 and 2007-2008.

After improvements in the league, Bundesliga titles came in 2011 and 2012. Together with winning the DFB Pokal cup, Dortmund secured the double in 2012. After the 2011-2012 seasons qualification and group stage achievement in the Champions League, Klopp expressed a desire to concentrate on this competition and to reach the latter stages. Remarkably the club made it to the final in May 2013. In the time spent at Dortmund Jurgen raised the standard of the club to one of the best in Europe.

A similar story may be evident at Liverpool — a Football club with a proud history, — the team has been presented a stern challenge in the Premier League in recent years. Branding himself the “normal one” upon arrival in October 2015, the fans immediately warmed to Jurgen Klopp. Exhibiting a humour and humility mixed with a hard work ethic seems to be a charismatic combination many top present day European managers bring to England. The German appears to have instilled a confidence in the Liverpool players and a new team work mentality which has resulted in exceptional performances.

Jurgen’s managerial history may be characterised by an ability to turn around the fortunes of a club and to do it relatively quickly. This may have been affirmed in February 2016 when Liverpool reached the Capital One Cup final, although Brendan Rodgers may want some of the credit. Man City won the final on the day however it may be a further sign of a renewed team. A first-rate run in the Europa League has also followed. Progressing at the expense of Manchester United in the quarter finals, Liverpool then faced Klopp’s former team Dortmund. Still considered to be one of the best teams in Europe, this presented a prodigious challenge for the Merseysiders. An away draw at Dortmund, one of the best and most passionately supported teams in the world and the highest average attendance in the world, may be Liverpool’s highest achievement so far. A memorable performance in the home tie after being 3-1 down to win 5-4 may be remembered as one of the greatest games played at Anfield.

A place in the Europa League final versus Sevilla of Spain may be the reward. Klopp seems to have proven the ability to motivate and create optimism in the Liverpool squad which might afford the club a chance of success in the final. Winning the final may also provide a route into the Champions League at the expense of the fourth placed Premier League side. Klopp leads out Liverpool in the final at St. Jakob-Park, Basel on May the 18th .

How may Jürgen Klopp compare to other arriving managers in the Premier League?

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