The German was unduly optimistic when he was appointed in 2015 but now there is reason for boundless positivity. He has raised aspirations and is poised to fulfil them

It is five years since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield. The German’s impact on Liverpool has been sensational. In the course of half a decade, the 53-year-old has changed perceptions of the club.

In October 2015, it was clear to many people – including Brendan Rodgers, Klopp’s predecessor – that Liverpool were going nowhere. Before a lacklustre 1-1 performance against Everton at Goodison, the Northern Irishman told the world that he believed the team were at the start of another rebuilding cycle. Fenway Sports Group (FSG) had been losing confidence in the manager for some time. Rodgers’ pre-derby observation crossed the line, even though he was absolutely correct. He was sacked and the call made to Klopp.

FSG were admirers of the former Borussia Dortmund coach and his positivity suited the moment. He told the owners that he believed the squad could compete in all four available competitions. That was either hopelessly optimistic or he had not watched much of Liverpool. He received a flawed inheritance. Continue reading

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