Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs one last push to become good to a great manager
Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp needs one last push to become good to a great manager. The fans already love him, coaches around the world admire him, and the players simply can’t get the better of affection from a manager. A smiling face on the touchline all you need in your high and low moment, and a charismatic leader who can dwell in your history and always reminds you that he is one of you. Jurgen Klopp has got all of this but in his heart, he knows he has everything to prove to become good to a great manager.
He needs one last push to become good to a great manager, and that’s to win Uefa Champions League. Uefa Champions League final in Kiev is waiting for his glory moment to prove he is one of the best. He has won the league in Germany winning Bundesliga back to back season, and it’s only matter of time before he wins here in Premier League with Liverpool.
First, he needs to win Europe and England will automatically be conquered. Premier League today is all about great managers and not about great teams. It’s not difficult to assemble a great team today with all the money available to buy good players, but it’s the manager job to lead a great team to success.
Klopp’s European success will force other great managers of Premier League to envy him. They’ll always try to do something extraordinary when playing against his Liverpool team and it will help him to focus on the basics and get results without trying too hard.
But, before that, he needs a final push. It has already been a great season for Liverpool, but it will only be remembered till the midnight of 26 May, if Liverpool fails to lift the Uefa Champions League trophy. A great season is only great till the season is over if you have failed to win silverware. And the truth is, Liverpool still hasn’t won anything since Klopp took the charge in Oct 2015.
They have been to Europa League final, League Cup final, and now Uefa Champions League final. Yes, Klopp’s Liverpool is still a team into making and he won’t be criticized if Liverpool fails to lift the Champions League on May 26 in Kiev, but for his personal strength and motivation to do the job better next season, he needs that trophy.
He has been there, he has lost the final in 2012/13. He has tasted the failure, now he needs that winning moment to rejoice all those memories from the touchline. All those fist punchings in the air, running on to the pitch to hug his players, acknowledging the support of the crowd, and nevertheless the quality of football he offered to the world.
Klopp describes this season as “Crazy” but he knows it was all hard work. Things didn’t go as planned because there were circumstances which were not in his hand but he made them turn up into good. He lost his best player Philippe Coutinho when the Bazilian decided to make a move to Barcelona. He has had a very lean squad to deliver results because there were prolonged injuries to some of the starters.
Adam Lallana was out injured when Klopp needed him in the middle of the pitch. Emre Can is out since the team has taken shape this season, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain suffered a blow when they enter into final phase and he will be missed in final. Joel Matip is out injured leaving them out of option in center-back position. And, throughout all these worries, Klopp kept his team focus and keep moving forward with his resources available. It was definitely crazy.
Klopp told UEFA as Liverpool official website reports, “Crazy captures it best because of how we did it. Honestly, I have to say we were a little bit surprised when we won 5-0 against FC Porto because they’re a top team. It was impressive. I was impressed myself, to be honest.
“Then we faced Manchester City, a rival we didn’t want to play against, not only because they are a very strong side, but also because 30 minutes into the game you don’t have the feeling you’re playing in the Champions League anymore. But, of course, it was the football of the highest quality.
“We won in a way that seems pretty incredible and crazy somehow. We won 3-0 at home against City. And we’ve had the feeling throughout the [run] that we could have scored at least two goals per game.
“The second leg against City was a very difficult game, of course. And we conceded a goal right at the beginning of the game. But we showed our strength and were able to win that game, too. That’s also extraordinary.
“And then in Rome … two underdogs playing each other in the semi-finals. We managed to lead 5-0 at home. The number of goals we scored is simply crazy. We have scored seven goals twice and five goals twice, too. That’s really [crazy], because we aren’t Barcelona, we aren’t Real Madrid or Bayern Munich.
“We aren’t anyone else. We are Liverpool, on the way to becoming a really good team. And performing at such a high level is very cool. To summarize, it’s been a crazy ride. But, after all, we’ve earned our place here.”
To put it simply, Jurgen Klopp can’t ask more his players. But he needs that one final push. Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp can’t let that opportunity go away. We all know that Real Madrid is a different beast when it comes to Champions League game, but Mo Salah and co. must be ready to give them a night to forget in Kiev.