After securing a sixth European Cup for Liverpool in what could be the set-up to an era-defining campaign, Jurgen Klopp obviously needs to have his future secured if Liverpool are serious about challenging and overthrowing Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Klopp has completely changed the culture at the once sleeping European giants. From fan support and engagement to on-field performances, much has been turned around in Klopp’s 4 and a half years at the club.
Clearly, the 51-year-old has come in and replaced mediocre players with young and hungry stars willing to die for his brand of football. And where the stars such as Steven Gerrard, Philippe Coutinho and Luis Suarez haven’t been directly replaced with like-for-like signings, their quality as a collective has been improved and they’ve been turned into leaders, namely a certain Jordan Henderson.
That’s not to say there haven’t been big-name signings, obviously, but there is a method to the spending not so evident amongst other top European clubs.
As well as improving a poor squad, Klopp has engaged the fan base. Videos emerged of Klopp enjoying the celebrations and almost falling off the open-top bus as Liverpool paraded their sixth European Cup through the streets of Liverpool, with mass messages of hilarity and love towards the man and his attitude. His fist pumps and chest-beating has made him a legend among Liverpool fans, increasing both belief and support at Anfield.
Off the field, Klopp has spent wisely with acquisitions from lesser European teams to create a dynamic squad that most of Europe surely fear by now. Indeed, the make-up of the squad and teams the German had signed them from is a staggering level of scouting knowledge. From lowly Bundesliga club, Hoffenheim to relegated Premier League club, Hull City, Klopp has invested in players many managers, even Pep Guardiola, may look to and turn their noses up at.
So reports from the Press Association via This is Anfield that the club’s FSG owners are keen on extending his stay at Anfield will naturally have gone down a storm. It’s a love story that just can’t end anytime soon and any agreement to build on a campaign that saw him deliver the club’s top prize would be one of the Liverpool-related stories of the summer.
It’s clear for all to see that Jurgen Klopp remains the key component in the well-oiled machine that is Liverpool Football Club. To tie down the German is key, as it would fend off many of Europe’s giants. However, after witnessing the chemistry between Klopp and Liverpool, it’s hard to imagine the man leaving the club, as a matter of fact, we can see the German living a long life in the Anfield dugout.
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