From Wembley woes to European euphoria – a timeline of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool tenure

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has extended his stay at Anfield until 2024. We look at how the Reds have transformed during his time in charge.

Jurgen Klopp signed a new contract with Liverpool on Friday that keeps him tied down to the European champions for another four-and-a-half years.

The German coach guided the Reds to Champions League success last season and is on course to end the club’s long wait for a maiden Premier League crown this term.

Now in his fifth campaign at Anfield, and with potentially at least three more to come, we look at the work Klopp has done so far on Merseyside.

FINAL HEARTACHE CAPS MIXED FIRST SEASON

Liverpool experienced two cup final defeats in Klopp’s first campaign at the helm, losing on penalties to Manchester City in the EFL Cup and 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League.

Despite falling short on both occasions and enduring largely mixed results in the Premier League – beating City 4-1 away a month before going down 3-0 to Watford – supporters were willing to stay patient.

 

KLOPP REPAYS LIVERPOOL FAITH

Rewarded with a six-year extension ahead of his first full season at Anfield, Klopp repaid the faith shown in him by guiding the Reds back into the Champions League with a fourth-placed finish in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s improving consistency saw them racked up 16 more points in 2016-17 than they had 12 months prior, providing clear evidence that things were on the up.

 

TOTTENHAM HUMBLING PROVES TURNING POINT

Klopp may be considered a Liverpool legend now, but a 4-1 loss away to Tottenham in October 2017 – making it three wins in their first nine league games in 2017-18 – led to questions being asked of the German.

Results quickly improved, but there was still the feeling Liverpool might be a little fragile at the back until, in January 2018, they spent a then club-record fee on Virgil van Dijk.

While the signings of Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah thrilled Liverpool fans, this arrival would take them to the next level.

 

A STEP TOO FAR IN KIEV

Another final for Liverpool, another heartbreaking defeat – even as Van Dijk starred.

A Gareth-Bale inspired Real Madrid came out on top in the 2018 Champions League final, ending a magical run that had seen the Reds produce attacking masterclasses to overcome Porto, Manchester City and Roma en route to the Kiev showpiece.

Having come so close to glory, Klopp again made big moves in the transfer market. In came Brazil international goalkeeper Alisson – replacing final flop Loris Karius – as well as midfield reinforcements in Fabinho, Naby Keita and Xherdan Shaqiri.

 

REDEMPTION IN MADRID SOFTENS DOMESTIC BLOW

Despite accruing 97 points in 2018-19, Liverpool were remarkably pipped to the Premier League title by Pep Guardiola’s City side.

The blow of finishing as runners-up with nearly a century of points was softened three weeks later, however, as goals from Salah and Divock Origi earned Klopp’s men a 2-0 win in the Champions League final against Tottenham.

Buoyed by that first major European success in 14 years – and indeed the subsequent victory over Chelsea in the UEFA Super Cup – Liverpool have started 2019-20 in remarkable form and are firmly in contention for a clean sweep of silverware.

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