Jurgen Klopp’s mentality giants

The German arrived in Premier League in 2015 and has been making waves ever since.

He was announced as the successor to Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool and was earmarked by the Liverpool owners (Fenway Sports Group) as the man to bring the glory days back to the club.

That aim wasn’t without hard times as Klopp inherited a fairly average squad devoid of stardom and dynamism and required multiple transfer windows to build his new squad.

Shrewd acquisitions such as the £8 million move for Andy Robertson as well as bargains like Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mane, both bought for under £40 million was just the start of Klopp’s vision.

Despite selling key player Philippe Coutinho for £142 million to Barcelona, Klopp wisely invested it into two key aspects of Liverpool’s spine, making Virgil Van Dijk and Alisson the most expensive defender and goalkeeper in the world.

Fast forward to 2020, Liverpool are European and World Champions as well as 16 points ahead of second place in the Premier League as they are on track to win their first ever Premier League title.

Mark Jones, Senior Online Sports Writer for the Daily Mirror believes Klopp is the cream of the crop in Europe.

“Having already gotten the Champions League in his bag and the other trophies (UEFA Super Cup, FIFA Club World Cup) in the bag, I think it’s fairly clear now that that he’s one of the top managers in the world.”

Josh Sexton, Editor of The Anfield Wrap is impressed with Klopp’s ability to be mentally strong and being able to pass that onto his players who’ve lost finals before.

“I think you look at even the Champions League Final in 2018 in Kiev and the sort of journey Liverpool went on to get to that stage and how disappointment led into next season.

“I think this Liverpool side have shown they’re good at building on disappointment under Jurgen Klopp. They’ve not lost many back to back games, they’ve failed in the early finals but managed to get back to winning ways.”

The pressure was starting to grow on Klopp after the 2018 Champions League final defeat to Real Madrid.

At that moment in time, Klopp had lost his last 5 finals dating back to his time at Borussia Dortmund.

Times have changed in 2020, Klopp has led Liverpool to three major trophies and the biggest domestic title may well be on its way.

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