After Chelsea’s win over City clinched the Premier League title, Scott Groom (@ScottCGroom) takes a look at why, despite his humility, Jürgen Klopp is now one of the clubs all time greats and deserve every ounce of adulation he gets.
The long wait is finally over, and Liverpool Football Club can once again celebrate a league title.
Jürgen Klopp has done what many have tried and failed to do before him – leading the Reds back to glory.
We all thought that Rafa Benitez was the man, but he could only manage second.
Brendan Rodgers came within a whisker of that illusive Premier League crown in 2014, but it wasn’t meant to be.
Houllier guided us to second for the first time in the Premier League era, but ultimately failed to close the gap.
Many more have tried and failed, leaving Liverpool fans with a perpetual ache – but the long wait is now over.
Klopp already arrived as a winner
We all knew in October 2015, when Klopp was announced as Liverpool’s boss, that we were on to a winner.
He took Mainz to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history and turned Dortmund back into a powerhouse.
His win percentages at both clubs was impressive standing at 40.4% and 56% respectively. His transformative powers were mighty appealing to the sleeping giant that was Liverpool.
Not even to mention that he was a proven winner, especially at Dortmund.
In his seven years there, he delivered two league titles and three further domestic cups.
He also guided them to a Champions League final at Wembley where they were beaten by domestic rivals Bayern Munich.
If given the time, as his previous record suggested, he could awaken Liverpool from its slumber and bring silverware back.
And that is now exactly the fruits that Klopp’s labour is bearing.
Klopp and Liverpool – the perfect match
As at Dortmund and Mainz, the connection between the fans and the club at Liverpool is world renowned.
Klopp is a people’s person, the self-professed ‘normal one’, a man who lives his life to the same values Liverpool was built on.
And I reference my previous point, he is a winner which, throughout the years, Liverpool has been.
The blueprints were laid out early on, but it takes more than just these characteristics to build something this special.
He engrossed himself in the club, worked with it but also for it, improving it in every aspect.
But most importantly, he made the fans and the players buy into his philosophy.
It was slow at times, but you could see it coming to fruition. Everything Klopp was trying to implement having a positive impact on the club from top to bottom.
One of the biggest indicators of this off the pitch was rivals fearing us, properly, for the first time in a while.
Something was brewing at Anfield, and Klopp was the catalyst for it all.
Writing his own history
As Liverpool finally get their league title, there’s no denying we’re writing an exciting new chapter in the history books.
He has always said that we should use our history to drive us forward, and that’s exactly what’s happened.
When you take a walk down memory lane, there’s no denying that he’ll forever be considered one of the greatest.
The term legend is banded around all too often these days and has lost some of its meaning.
When I say legend, I mean Gerrard, Dalglish, Rush, Shankly, Paisley.
Klopp isn’t just mixing with them, he is up there as one of the all time greats among greats.
You can’t deny it, and as much as he denies it now, he won’t forever.
Bringing the glory days back to Liverpool, and specifically the league title, is the biggest achievement in a generation.
But there’s all the work he’s done to change the fortunes and feeling of the club off the pitch too.
The atmosphere around Anfield is so different now to, let’s say, the days of Roy Hodgson.
It’s a little unfair to pick on Roy only here, but that era was our worst.
Whereas the current one is our best so it makes for good contrast.
Everything is different now. Absolutely everything.
The strength and mood of the squad, the unity between fans and the club, end results on the pitch.
This is as good as it gets supporting a football club, and it’s thanks to Jürgen that that’s the case.
He might not want to talk about statues, but he’s getting one.
Jürgen Norbert Klopp is a reminder of what the word legend really means.
He’ll never walk alone.