Sportscliffs: Jurgen Klopp is the classic one

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Just like former Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is known as the Special one,Sportscliffs believes the Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should be called the classic one with what he has acheived so far for the Reds.

The German has done an incredible job with the Premier League side Liverpool since his arrive from Dortmund.

The Reds manager met the team in shambles and they went on to build the team with his own incredible philosophy.

The German joined the Premier League club in the year 2015 replacing current Leicester boss Brendan Rodgers at the club.

On 8 July 2016, Klopp and his coaching staff signed six-year extensions to their deals keeping them at Liverpool until 2022. Liverpool qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2014–15 on 21 May 2017, after winning 3–0 at home against Middlesbrough and placing fourth in the 2016–17 Premier League season.

Klopp’s side finished fourth in the 2017–18 Premier League, securing qualification for the Champions League for a second consecutive season.

Klopp guided Liverpool to their first UEFA Champions League final since 2007 in 2018 after a 5–1 aggregate quarter-final win against eventual Premier League champions, Manchester City and a 7–6 aggregate win over Roma in the semi-final. However, Liverpool went on to lose in the final 3–1 to Real Madrid.

Liverpool enjoyed an old-fashioned run in the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League. Klopp’s side finished second in their group by virtue of goals scored to qualify for the knockout phase, before drawing German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16.

A scoreless draw in the first leg, followed by 3–1 victory in the second leg at the Allianz Arena saw Liverpool qualify for the quarter-finals. Liverpool won their quarter-final tie against Porto with an aggregate score of 6–1 to advance to the semi-finals, where Klopp’s Liverpool faced tournament favourites Barcelona.

After suffering a 3–0 defeat at the Nou Camp, Klopp’s side overturned the deficit in the return leg with a 4–0 win, advancing to the final 4–3 on aggregate, despite Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino being absent with injuries, in what was described as one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history.

Liverpool went on to lift the Champions League following their 2–0 victory over Tottenham hotspurs  with goals from Mohamed Salah and Divock Origi, giving Klopp his first trophy with Liverpool, his first Champions League title, and the club’s sixth European Cup/Champions League title overall.

Klopp’s side played 2018–19 UEFA Europa League champions and Premier League rivals Chelsea in the 2019 UEFA Super Cup. With the scores level after extra-time, Klopp’s side won 5–4 on penalties, giving Klopp his second trophy with the club.

On 25 June 2020, Klopp’s side won the 2019–20 Premier League title with 7 games left to spare, it was the club’s nineteenth league title, its first since 1989–90 and its first during the Premier League era.

On 27 February 2022, he led Liverpool to its first domestic final since 2016, the 2022 EFL Cup Final where they defeated Thomas Tuchel’s Chelsea 11-10 on penalties after a 0-0 draw that went to extra time. It was a record-breaking 9th victory for Liverpool, and the first time they had won it since 2012.

Klopp secured his fourth UEFA Champions League final as manager and third as Liverpool manager by defeating Villareal 5-2 on aggregate (2-0 at Anfield) to play Real Madrid in the final at Paris.

On 14 May 2022, he led Liverpool to its first FA Cup final since 2012 where again they defeated Chelsea, this time 6-5 on penalties after a 0-0 draw that went on to extra time and penalties.

It means the quadruple is still on for Liverpool, even though they require Manchester City to slip up in the Premier League, but it also saw Klopp match a feat only previously achieved by Manchester United legend Sir Alex Ferguson.

Klopp and Ferguson are now the only two managers to have won the FA Cup, League Cup, Premier League and the Champions League with the same English side – those being Liverpool and Manchester United respectively.

Indeed this is a great achievement by Jurgen Klopp and he needs a special name just like Jose Mourinho, Sportscliffs believes the German should be called the classic one.


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