Jürgen Klopp is not only the last manager to deny Bayern Munich the Bundesliga title. He is also now the first manager to lead Liverpool to the Premier League – and he has done so by dethroning a Manchester City team widely considered one of the competition’s greatest ever. Since succeeding Brendan Rodgers in 2015, Klopp has transformed the club, leading Liverpool to successive Champions League finals – they won the second – and, more significantly, to that long elusive league title.
His recruitment of Mo Salah, Andy Robertson, Virgil van Dijk and Alisson has been as influential as it has been impressive, and he has also nurtured the talent of Trent Alexander-Arnold and Joe Gomez, and reinvented Roberto Firmino and Jordan Henderson. “When Jürgen Klopp was appointed, I said that we should all strap ourselves in because it was going to be a rollercoaster ride,” said Kenny Dalglish, the last manager to take Liverpool to the title. “Well, it certainly has been. He has revitalised this brilliant football club and has been a breath of fresh air. It’s the winning that counts.”