- Jurgen Klopp hinted at winning the Premier League title within five years of joining Liverpool
- A look back at his first presser as Liverpool boss revealed his promises were kept
- The Reds have been on a steady rise as a superpower in world football since Klopp took charge
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is certainly an extraordinary man in more ways than one.
Klopp will officially go down in the Liverpool history books as a club legend for his famous Premier League triumph, which was confirmed on Thursday, June 25, after Chelsea beat Manchester City 2-1.
An ardent fan of the Merseyside Reds might have noticed that the Premier League title heading to Anfield was not luck as Klopp’s men have been on a steady incline since he took charge in 2015.
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The club was still struggling to find an identity and were suffering from the heartbreaking moment of nearly winning the Premier League the previous season under Brendan Rodgers.
Liverpool’s decision to appoint Klopp to replace Rodgers in October in 2015 looked like a serious gamble but four years on, fans will agree that it was a masterstroke.
Klopp’s first press conference as Liverpool manager back in 2015 also seemed to suggest he was not your ordinary gaffer as the German gave a brutally honest assessment of the situation.
Rather than attempting to be politically correct like most media-trained managers, the then enthusiastic Klopp was realistic enough to realise Liverpool, who were in a transitional period, were not necessarily title contenders at the time.
“At this moment all the LFC family is a little bit too nervous, a little bit too pessimistic, a little bit too much in doubt. They all celebrate the game and there is a fantastic atmosphere in the stadium, But they don’t believe at the moment. They only see five years ago, 10 years ago, 20 years ago,” he said in the 2015 interview.
Klopp went on to vow to improve the Liverpool side and possibly win a title within the next five years.
“I am not saying this year will be the most successful in the history of Liverpool FC. If it happens then we can celebrate it, but if not we have to work.
“In football all the world class teams play possession football, that’s cool. I like to watch this. Bayern Munich? Great team, great club. Barcelona? Yes, Real Madrid. Maybe on some days Man City.
“(Defense is) the first thing. When you start at a new club no-one starts from the top of the table. Only a few teams. You always have a little bit lower position, and our position is absolutely okay but we can start our development today. If it’s possible, can we be the hardest team to beat in the world?” he said.
A look at the Liverpool side now and it looks like Klopp certainly imposed his philosophy accurately since Liverpool are currently one of the most difficult teams to beat.
In the Premier League this season, only relegation-threatened Watford were able to upset the odds to beat them.
Earlier, Legit.ng reported that Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has dedicated the club's Premier League triumph to Kenny Dalglish and former captain of the Reds Steven Gerrard.
Despite all his years playing for the Reds, Steven Gerrard never won the Premier League title even though he lifted the Champions League.
Reds have been waiting for the past 30 years to win EPL title until Thursday night, June 25, when Chelsea's win over Manchester City gave them the crown.
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