The seven years which have followed have been, for one word or another, remarkable. Klopp has brought the winning feeling back to Anfield that supporters of a certain vintage hadn’t seen since the 1980s and some younger fans hadn’t seen at all.
With Klopp having won every trophy available to him at the Reds, it begs the question – where will his legacy lie? He is surely one of the best foreign managers to grace the Premier League, but his diligence in the transfer market to build the team which won numerous trophies might well be his greatest achievement, with one man in particular crucial to it all.
The summer of 2017 saw Mohamed Salah arrive on Merseyside for a fee of £34m from Serie A club Roma, and there were some doubts following his underwhelming spell at Chelsea. However, the move turned out to be a masterstroke from Klopp, and the last piece of the jigsaw to a complete an attacking trio consisting of Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane and Salah.
In a match against Brentford last term, Salah became the fastest player to reach a century of league goals for the club, reaching 100 goals in 151 matches, beating Roger Hunt by just one game. It is another wonderful record that the player has broken, and his goals have been pivotal to Klopp’s red juggernaut throughout the previous five years.
Salah’s market value now stands at €120m (£104m) according to CIES Football Observatory, which is over three times the figure that Klopp paid for him; and with the 30-year-old having signed a new contract in the summer taking him to 2025, it means that Liverpool could command a high fee if they do decide to sell him.
The German has described Salah as “world-class” and it’s hard to argue with this praise following his goalscoring exploits with the club. Having won the Champions League and Premier League amongst a host of other trophies, Liverpool certainly struck gold with their 2017 signing of the Egyptian maestro.