Klopp’s masterpiece: liverpool on the verge of long-awaited triumph

Klopp's masterpiece: liverpool on the verge of long-awaited triumph

Jurgen klopp’s beard has grown grayer since the 8. October 2015, when the german soccer coach signed a contract with tradition-steeped liverpool FC – or at least reenacted it for a media photo with the club’s boss at the time, ian ayre.

He introduced himself at the time as "the normal one". Four years and eight months later, klopp is "the successful one" and is on the verge of a major triumph in england.

His liverpool FC need just six points to become english soccer champions for the first time in 30 years – and win the premier league for the first time ever. "When they decided to go ahead with the game, we were really happy," klopp said on friday, recounting worries and doubts during the break.

In the first game after the corona break, the local derby at everton fc, the reds want to take the next step on sunday evening and then make the championship perfect on wednesday at home against crystal palace.

If defending champions man city, who are 22 points behind the leaders, lose to FC burnley on monday night against expectations, the reds will have been champions beforehand while watching. But that’s hardly what liverpool fans are wishing for. It’s bitter enough that they weren’t even allowed to celebrate in or around the stadium when three decades of longing for the title finally came to an end.

"Stay healthy, and stay at home!"Before the restart in the premier league, jurgen klopp addressed the fans with a video message. "It’s going to be completely different," the coach said of the games in front of empty stands, "but it’s still football, and it’s still for you. That means we are in the stadium and you are at home. I promise you, we’ll keep track of your support."

Whether all fans stick to it? After the long, almost traumatic wait, the championship title is worth even more to the mersey river than last year’s champions league triumph. Even though klopp and his players repeatedly stressed the importance of every competition, it’s clear that the premier league has taken precedence over everything else this season. And the championship makes you forget a little bit that the reds this year in the other competitions disappeared.

The unimportant league cup was cancelled in favor of the world cup due to overlap in time. In the FA cup, however, liverpool had an astonishingly difficult time against third division side shrewsbury town and had to play a make-up game, only to be eliminated by chelsea FC in the eighth final. In the eighth finals of the champions league, the defending champion lost the match and the match against atletico madrid. But who cares about that on merseyside now??

At his presentation at anfield klopp asked for time to develop something. "We have to be patient," warned the coach, who won the german championship twice and the DFB cup once with borussia dortmund. "I can’t promise any titles. But if we meet here again in four years, I think we’ll have won a title."

Klopp was right. Unfortunately, the success in the konigsklasse was slightly dampened after a relatively unsightly final match against league rivals tottenham hotspur (2:0), because the championship title was missed so narrowly. One point separated the team from rivals manchester city in the end. Liverpool had lost only one game – on 3. January 2019 unfortunately against the citizens.

In the current season, klopp’s team beat guardiola’s club 3:1 at home. When the two top teams meet on 2. July in manchester again meet, it is only about prestige. The championship will be decided. Reds’ big lead must feel like humiliation for city fans. At least city will be spared hamish chants in empty stadium.

According to klopp, the championship celebration is to be made up for in rough style as soon as this is possible again. There should also be a parade through the city then. The former liverpool professional steven gerrard also called for a memorial for jurgen klopp in the online magazine "the athletic.

Successful coach bob paisley was honored with a bronze statue at the stadium only in january, some 24 years after his death. A statue of coaching legend bill shankly was erected in 1997 some 16 years after his death. And liverpool’s last champion coach, kenny dalglish, also a club icon, has no memorial at anfield at all so far.

Gerrard is nevertheless confident. "In fubball we often wait for people to get old before their merits are properly recognized, but i know that won’t happen to the liverpool owners," he said. "If jurgen wins the championship, they should already start working on a statue of him."

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