There is no doubt about the impact Klopp has had at Liverpool since his return in 2015. In his first press conference as Reds boss, the self-proclaimed “Normal One” promised at least one title in four years.
He delivered more than that, he lifted the fans’ spirits from the ground to the sky while turning doubters into believers.
In 2019, Liverpool had won the Champions League and built a team strong enough to challenge on all fronts. In the season following their European triumph, Klopp got hands on UEFA Super Cup, that FIFA Club World Cup and, most importantly, he ended the club’s 30-year wait for a league title as they won their first Premier League trophy.
In the 21st/22 season, Klopp‘s Chargers were aiming for an unprecedented quadruple as they entered every game available to them. However, they failed to win the two major prizes as they fell short in the Premier League and Champions League to Manchester City and Real Madrid respectively.
They ended up with just the FA Cup and Carabao Cup in what could have been a historic season.
Now in his seventh season at the helm, Klopp has had a tough start. He lost his talisman Sadio Mane to Bavaria Munich this summer, and his new signing Darwin Nunez has not been able to settle as quickly as he had hoped.
Three games into the league season, Klopp finds his team in an unusual 16th place and without a win, the club’s worst start to a season in ten years.
This has brought back the chatter Kloppits “seven season curse”.
In his first ever managerial role for the German side Mainz, Klopp was a hit when he secured promotion to Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history.
However, three years after that historic moment, in what was Kloppits seventh season, Mainz was relegated.
After Mainz, Klopp went to Borussia Dortmund, where he really made his name. He took his side to a Champions League final, winning back to back Bundesliga titles.
Again, in its seventh season on Signal Iduna Park things turned sour. Dortmund lost star striker Robert Lewandowski and finished seventh in the league. A disastrous season that led to Klopphis departure.
Klopp is now in its seventh season and things are off to a bad start. He acknowledged the need to make changes last month.
He said to The Anfield Wrap: “We’ve been together for a while now, it’s my seventh season, and it’s really weird, but we can’t just keep things the way they are.
“So we can’t just say ‘ah that’s great’ with the same team and getting older. You have to make changes, we do. We do all the time.”
Could this be the beginning of an end to a wonderful Jürgen Klopp era in Liverpool?