After successfully seeing off Borussia Dortmund in dramatic fashion last week in the Europa League, as well as treating their fans to a goalscoring feast down at Anfield across the past month or so, Liverpool look to have discovered a certain new verve under Jurgen Klopp, which has been painfully missing on Merseyside for quite some time.
Although the former Bundesliga manager may have failed to truly lift the Reds’ domestic spirits at the first time of asking this season, this is a team that could still theoretically win the Europa League outright and end the 2015/16 Premier League campaign on a relative high.
So then, as Liverpool haven’t exactly served to set the English top-flight alight in recent years, have the Reds now finally shaken off the major shortcomings that became part and parcel of the Brendan Rodgers era on Merseyside, or does Klopp still have a vast amount of work to carry out in or to help Liverpool re-establish their once untouchable status in the English game?
Well, although the club have indeed blown hot and cold for much of the current campaign thus far, it really shouldn’t take Columbo – or any of his equally perceptive counterparts in the fictional detective field – to notice the sheer difference in atmosphere under Liverpool’s newly installed German tactician.
Watching Klopp soar into the air in front of the passionate Liverpool following has already become a recurring moment for all to take on board from this undoubtedly captivating domestic campaign. It almost seems like something of an unrivalled combination when all is said and done, for although Klopp’s somewhat ill-fated predecessor in the Anfield dug-out certainly gave his all whilst operating on Merseyside, the relationship between the manager and the fans couldn’t be any stronger right in the here and now.
That said, Liverpool’s overall domestic results remain distinctly similar to what Brendan Rodgers would have likely achieved had he not been forced to part ways with his former employers early into the season, but as Jurgen Klopp clearly had little option but to deal with the disjointed – and in some parts, unsatisfactory – squad left to him by his Northern Irish predecessor, maybe such an outcome should perhaps arrive with little surprise.
Despite his promising start to life on Merseyside then, the former Borussia Dortmund manager has a lot to contend with at Anfield in the not too distant future – especially when it comes to sourcing the right players to take this historically successful club forward. As Klopp has nonetheless excelled in this particular field in several seasons past however, the fans can now view the upcoming summer transfer period with a far more optimism and confidence in their main man at the helm.
Klopp allowed Borussia Dortmund to continuously challenge the seemingly endless pots of wealth on offer at Bayern Munich, and his ability to blood young players and watch them blossom into up and coming stars remains something of a unique trait in today’s current climate. Whilst the 48-year-old German coach has only just started the rebuilding process down at Anfield, the future certainly remains bright for Reds fans at this particular stage in the proceedings.
So then, whilst the former Bundesliga favourite could admittedly serve to improve the Reds’ current outlook even further next season, this is an outfit finally moving in the right direction now that Klopp is seemingly beginning to weave his recognisable managerial talents into the long-standing fabric that makes up Liverpool football club. The best is arguably yet to come…