Liverpool FC is a legendary English club and has historically been a giant in the world of football. There is no honor that they haven’t achieved at club level. But the club had lately lost their way somewhat and had to wait for 30 long years for another English League title. It does prove that ‘better late than never’, and the Scousers have certainly felt that. In the 30 years of waiting, Liverpool twice came really close to winning the league title. Both the times, Manchester City snatched the title from their hands.

THE 2013/14 Season

Most notably in the 2013/14 season where Liverpool were clear favorites to win the Premier League title, but “slipped” off to second place. Then club captain, Steven Gerrard’s infamous slip against Chelsea resulted in a 2-0 loss at Anfield for the Reds. This defeat proved to be vital, as Liverpool gave away a 3-0 lead at Crystal Palace next, which proved to be the final nail on their coffin. Manchester City eventually became Premier League champions, by just two points. The following season was worse as Liverpool lost their talisman, Luis Suarez and could only conjure up a 6th place finish in the Premier League. The manager Brendan Rodgers was sacked in October 2015 when Liverpool drew in the Merseyside derby.

 

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Brendan Rodgers was replaced by Jurgen Klopp, the ex-manager of Borussia Dortmund. The German led the Dortmund side to challenge Bayern Munich. He won 2 Bundesliga titles and a spot in the Champions League final with BVB. The appointment was seen as the beginning of a series of changes expected at Liverpool. Jurgen Klopp was known for his attacking style of football at Dortmund and wanted to implement the same at the Merseyside club. He joined a club which was in chaos and was tasked to find meaning within the chaos.

THE 2015/16 Season

 

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The beginning was difficult for Jurgen Klopp as he took over from Rodgers in October and inherited a side which wasn’t exactly what he wanted. The first thing he did when he took charge was to employ his 4-2-3-1 formation over Rodger’s 4-4-2 diamond or 3-5-2. He instilled a sense of confidence in players along with a never say die attitude, which came good in the long run.

The only memorable match in the 2015/16 season for Liverpool, was their QF second leg tie at Anfield, against Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League. Liverpool were already down by two goals in the first 10 minutes. Liverpool came back, much to the joy of the Kop end, as the match ended dramatically with a score-line of 4-3. This match is often seen as the beginning of something special at the club.

The 2015/16 season went trophy-less for Liverpool but they played a couple of finals, in the League Cup as well as the Europa League. The Reds ended the Premier League with a 6th place finish.

THE 2016/17 Season

 

 

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At the beginning of the 2016/17 season, Klopp had his first shot to get his type of players. His notable signings were Sadio Mane, Roberto Firmino, Gini Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, and Loris Karius. He was also determined to release players who didn’t fit in to his philosophy. The notable exits that season included Kolo Toure, Jordan Ibe, Christan Benteke, and Mario Balotelli. This was the first time when Klopp tried to imprint his philosophy on the Liverpool team. In this season, Klopp employed a 4-3-3 with the injection of Mane’s pace and Firmino’s creativity. This was also the first time the Premier League witnessed the “Gegenpress” in action.

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Klopp’s Liverpool, with Mane and Firmino, pressed their opposition very high up the pitch, which forced teams to make mistakes. Under Klopp, the club’s scouting system and background analysts played a huge role, as the club was well on its way to become successful. Though Liverpool were playing well, their defense lacked spine and would often leak goals. This was one of the main reasons for the Reds having another trophy-less season. But, without European commitments, the club made significant progress in the Premier League, finishing 4th, just one point behind Arsenal. This also meant that the famed European nights were back at Anfield.

The 2017/18 Season

 

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Having excelled in his first summer transfer window as the manager of Liverpool, Klopp was determined to make it even better this time around. The board backed him, and gave him the freedom along with the Director of Football, to decide on the signings needed at the club. In the summer transfer window, Klopp signed Mohammed Salah from AS Roma. The pacy winger was very effective in Rome and was prepared for a step-up to the Premier League. Liverpool also secured the services of the highly-rated Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain from Arsenal and the feisty Andy Robertson from Hull City. With Salah, Mane, and Firmino, Liverpool had a deadly strike force. The introduction of Salah also meant that Coutinho could operate in the midfield to add more creativity. Young right-back Trent Alexander Arnold was slowly integrated into the first-team.

The Reds played attacking football using the gegenpress even better, with the pace and intensity of Salah and Mane on the wings. Salah’s inclusion also meant that Klopp could use Firmino in his favored false 9 position. This enabled Salah and Mane to make inside runs, as Firmino dropped to the midfield, along with Coutinho, to keep the ball ticking. Liverpool scored a lot of goals, but also conceded a lot of goals due to a fragile defense. The club progressed well in the Champions League.

A winter like no other

 

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Come the January transfer window, Coutinho left for Barcelona after a lot of speculations and in came Virgil Van Dijk from Southampton, at a world-record fee for a defender. Van Dijk steadied the ship as the club marched to the Champions League final. Unfortunately, they lost the final against Real Madrid after an injury to Mohammed Salah and a forgettable performance from the Reds’ goalkeeper Loris Karius. The club finished yet another trophy-less season but made good progress from last season.

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The 2018/19 Season

 

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It is rightly said that you must learn from your mistakes, and Liverpool did exactly that. The club quickly learnt from the fact that they needed a top-notch goalkeeper who could save the team, even when others aren’t performing at their best. In the quest of a great shot-stopper, Liverpool successfully secured the services of Alison Becker from AS Roma. This signing proved to be the missing part of the puzzle at Liverpool. With his almost perfect team, Jurgen Klopp’s men ran rampant and caused havoc in the Premier League as well as in the Champions League. Liverpool and Manchester City went neck-to-neck in the Premier League. The league witnessed arguably its most thrilling and closest encounter between 2 sides to win the title.

Building Character

But Klopp’s men lost the Premier League to Manchester City just by one point. Even in that campaign, Liverpool broke records in the Premier League, as the highest-scoring second-placed side ever in the league. The same can’t be said about them in the Champions League though. Jordon Henderson lifted Liverpool’s 6th Champion League title, as the Reds exceeded all expectations. Their victory against Barcelona in the second leg of the semi-final was an epitome of sheer will and determination. The Reds turned a 3-nil deficit from Camp Nou to a 4-3 aggregate win at Anfield. In the final, they beat Tottenham 2-nil with relative ease and won the European crown. Jurgen Klopp kept his promise and delivered Liverpool a title within 5 years in-charge of the club.

The 2019/20 Season

 

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After winning the Champions League, and missing out on the Premier League by just a point last season, Liverpool shifted their focus. Jurgen Klopp and his men went all guns blazing in the Premier League with the same high-intensity pressing and attacking fluidity. The Reds were also helped by the emergence of Fabinho, who has turned out to be the best defensive midfielder in the league. Fabinho has allowed Robertson and Alexander Arnold to play even further up the pitch resulting in Trent’s 12 assists this season. Liverpool have already won the Premier League with 7 games to spare, and received the “Guard of Honor” at the Etihad Stadium. The Reds had only lost one game and drawn twice before being crowned as the Premier League champions. Liverpool’s performance this season has been breath-taking and they owe it all to their manager Jurgen Klopp.

 

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