(written By Callum Owen)
Jurgen Klopp, the man who brought Liverpool back to the top of the Premier League.
The man who guided Liverpool to Champions League number six.
The man who turned doubters to believers.
He is just over five-years into his time at Liverpool and is enduring his toughest spell to date, including some calls for him to lose his job.
Simply put, these calls are nothing short of ridiculous, Klopp delivered, what was an elusive, Premier League title, he turned a team on the fringes of the Europa League into one of the most feared in Europe and created a team that the fans could get behind, one with little to no weaknesses.
As a result, Liverpool have had some incredible games in the past half-decade, here’s a look back at some of their greatest under Jurgen Klopp.
Liverpool 4-3 Borussia Dortmund, 14th April, 2016, Europa League Quarter-final – second leg.
The first game on this list comes against the club which Klopp had most previously managed before his move to Merseyside, a club that worshipped him in a way that Liverpool fans do today.
After playing out a 1-1 draw at the Signal Iduna Park, in a cagey affair, Liverpool welcomed Germany’s Borussia Dortmund to Anfield, for the second leg of a Europa League quarter-final.
Dortmund started strong, storming to a 2-0 lead after goals from Henrik Mkhitaryan and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Diviock Origi would strike to peg Dortmund back, before Marco Reus made in 3-1 in the 57th minute.
Seemingly the tie was over, but from Liverpool, the best was yet to come.
Spurred on by the ever-energetic Klopp on the Anfield sideline, Liverpool stormed forward, with goals from Philipe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho, setting up a grand slam finish.
With the aggregate score at 4-4 as the minutes ticked down and the clock hit 90 minutes, Liverpool were seemingly out, defeated by the away goal rule.
In one of the last attacks, the ball broke for James Milner, who chipped a delightful ball up to the back-post, where Dejan Lovern met the ball with a thunderous header. 4-3 to Liverpool on the night, 5-4 to Liverpool on aggregate. Game over.
Cue absolute pandemonium at Anfield.
One of the greatest European comebacks staged by Liverpool, the biggest European night at Anfield since the 2009 demolition of Real Madrid.
The era of Klopp’s ‘Heavy metal’ football was well and truly underway.
Liverpool 4-0 Barcelona, 7th May, 2019, Champions League Semi-final – second leg.
Another famous European night at Anfield, even more so than the one previously mentioned.
Since the Dortmund game three-years prior, Klopp had had time to build a strong Liverpool side, with his trademarks firmly built-in.
They were now one of the most feared in Europe, having taken Liverpool to the Champions League final in the previous season, losing 3-1 to Real Madrid.
Klopp’s men were back to being considered a big side, but suffered a disastrous first leg at the Nou Camp.
They found themselves defeated 3-0 by Barca, a harsh scoreline that presented Liverpool with a mountain to climb in the second leg.
Furthermore, injuries to key men Mohammed Salah and Roberto Firmino meant a comeback seemed even more unlikely.
Liverpool started strongly, Divock Origi once again scoring to give Liverpool a 1-0 half-time lead, as the atmosphere inside Anfield reached a fever-pitch.
It was absolutely electric for the whole 90 minutes.
Liverpool started strongly once again, as Barcelona crumbled under the Anfield noise.
Half-time substitute Gini Wijnaldum struck twice in as many minutes, finishing a Trent Alexander-Arnold pull-back, and heading in an Xherdan Shaqiri cross.
56 minutes played, 3-3 on aggregate, Liverpool were equal.
Roared on by The Kop, Liverpool pushed and pushed, looking for a way to win the game.
Klopp on the sidelines, barking orders to his players.
In the 79th minute, Liverpool were awarded a corner, what happened next would be perfectly summed up by LFCTV commentator, Steve Hunter.
“Corner taken quickly…ORIGIIIIII”
The phrase has become almost iconic now, it showed the pure excitement as Liverpool, with 10 minutes to go, were now heading for a Champions League final.
You couldn’t write it, Jurgen Klopp had taken Liverpool to back-to-back European finals.
A date with destiny, set for Kiev.
Liverpool 2-0 Manchester United, 19th January, 2020, Premier League
Maybe not the most exciting game, or one of the most vital games in Liverpool’s 2019/20 Premier League, but possibly the best in demonstrating just how far Liverpool have come under Klopp.
Liverpool took the lead with a thumping Virgil Van Dijk header and spent much of the game keeping United under control.
It was a style of game that became typical for Klopp’s Liverpool in their title-winning season. Firmly in control, dictating the style and speed of play and not taking their foot off the gas.
What was most significant about this game, was the reaction from the home fans after Mo Salah’s goal in the 93rd minute.
Salah ran onto Allison’s long ball, holding off and out-pacing United’s Dan James before slotting past David De Gea, 2-0 to Liverpool.
As Salah was met by, goalkeeper, Allison, who had sprinted the length of the Anfield pitch to celebrate in front of the Kop, a chant started in the famous terrace.
“We’re gonna win the league, we’re gonna win the league….”
Before long, the whole stadium erupted with the chant.
Nearly 60,000 Liverpool fans believed in what Klopp had promised them, just over 4-years previously.
Many Liverpool fans were quietly confident of securing a first league title since 1990, but many wouldn’t say it aloud, for fear of events that could mirror the end of the 2013/14 season, where the league narrowly slipped through Liverpool’s fingers.
But under Klopp, with his vision, his passion, his quality as a manager, and this team, those in attendance were ready to declare their confidence. They were going to win the league.
And so they did.
Jurgen Klopp, by far the best man for the Liverpool job. A legend whose name will be written alongside Paisley, Shankly and Dalglish, heroes who graced the Anfield Dugout.