Jurgen Klopp celebrated his one-year anniversary at Liverpool recently and he’ll be hoping to mark the occasion with a win when his players return to action from the international break to take on their rivals Manchester United at Anfield.
Back in July, Klopp and his coaching staff signed an extension to their deals at Liverpool which ensures they will be at the club until 2022.
With no European football to worry about this season, many people have tipped up Liverpool as title challengers and after seven games into the campaign, they have certainly lived up to that billing. Klopp’s men have taken 16 points from their seven games so far and are just two points behind leaders Manchester City. They can be backed at 9/2 with Betway to win the Premier League title this season.
Klopp will need to work his magic if Liverpool are to win their first ever Premier League title but we have seen enough from the German so far to suggest success is not too far away at the club.
Here is a look back at Klopp’s first year at Liverpool with a countdown of the top five memorable games in charge of the club:
5. Arsenal 3-4 Liverpool (Premier League) – 14th August, 2016
This season started with a bang at the Emirates Stadium as Liverpool hit four past Arsenal to signal their intent in the 2016/17 campaign.
A brace from Philippe Coutinho and goals from Adam Lallana and Sadio Mane ensured the Merseyside club got off to the perfect possible start to their season.
It was a fine example of how Klopp’s sides like to play attacking football. They had 18 shots in North London and were the first side to put four past Arsenal at the Emirates Stadium since Chelsea in 2009.
4. Manchester City 1-4 Liverpool (Premier League) – 21st November, 2015
One of the earliest signs of the improvements Liverpool had made under Klopp came at the Etihad Stadium just over a month after the German had replaced Brendan Rodgers at the club.
Liverpool took a 3-0 lead in the first-half as they ran rampant in Manchester. City added a consolation goal in the second-half but their three-goal advantage was restored with Martin Skrtel’s late header.
3. Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund (Quarter-final, 2nd Leg, Europa League) – 14th April, 2016
Klopp took on his old club Dortmund for the first time in this Europa League two-legged encounter. When Liverpool trailed 3-1 on aggregate they needed three goals to qualify into the semi-final. Dejan Lovren sealed the most unlikely comeback in the 91st minute as the English side won 4-3 to make it through to the last four of the European competition.
2. Chelsea 1-3 Liverpool (Premier League) – 31st October, 2015
One of Klopp’s first big tests as new Liverpool manager was to travel to defending champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Klopp outfought his opposite number Jose Mourinho to record his first Premier League win in London to add further pressure onto the Blues boss.
Coutinho cancelled out Ramires’s early goal and then added a second before Christian Benteke sealed all three points for Liverpool.
1.Liverpool 3-0 Villarreal (Semi-final, 2nd Leg, Europa League) – 5th May, 2016
Liverpool reached their first European final under Klopp when they defeated Spanish side Villarreal 3-0 in the second leg of their Europa League encounter to win 3-1 on aggregate.
Klopp’s men had already reached the League Cup final earlier in the year where his side lost on penalties to Manchester City. Sadly for the German and Liverpool they lost the Europa League final too when they were beaten by Sevilla.
Their win against Villarreal gave the fans a real taster of what is to come with some big European nights at Anfield again in the near future.