On his arrival at the club four and a half years ago, Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gave himself the task of converting ‘doubters’ into ‘believers’ as the Reds looked to end their league title drought.
After the Reds lifted the Premier League trophy last night, Sky Sports pundit Gary Neville said he never believed Klopp would be able to fulfil his promise, considering the financial disparity between the Merseyside club and their main rivals:
“Liverpool obviously were in a deep rut over many, many years, understanding that they’ve got a great fanbase, the club have history and had success and you can never write clubs like that off.”
“But to go and win a league title in front of the investment of Chelsea, of [Manchester] City, of Manchester United, I just didn’t think was possible and what he’s done there over three or four-year period, was absolutely outstanding.”
“Everything at a football club comes from a manager, he sets the tone for everybody: the fanbase, the ownership, he sets the tone for the players. He’s basically galvanised Liverpool over a three-year period.”
Klopp has certainly been the main driving force behind Liverpool’s success but their smart transfer policy off the pitch, led by sporting director Michael Edwards, and the club’s scouting team must also be given huge credit.
They have managed to form a world-class squad with a fraction of the net spend of their rivals, while Klopp has developed a mentality and system of play which opponents have found very difficult to live with over the past two years.