Liverpool are into the quarter-finals of the Europa League
At the start of the season, Liverpool were rocking. Brendan Rodgers was failing to inspire his players, the boardroom and most importantly, the fans. A change in management style and direction was needed and they certainly got that in Jurgen Klopp. Since arriving at Anfield, Klopp’s addictive personality and vibrant passion has shone through and his players are finally beginning to reap rewards from the German’s high demands.
Klopp’s Liverpool aren’t the complete package just yet but the signs are very promising and supporters will be excited at the prospect of a Europa League triumph this season. On Thursday, Liverpool earned a 1-1 draw at Old Trafford to secure an aggregate victory over arch-rivals Manchester United. The Reds were by far the better side in the first leg and produced a classy, counter-attacking performance in the second leg to prevent any chance of a miraculous United comeback.
But the Reds want much more than a quarter-final spot. They want to win it. This may be Liverpool’s best chance of qualifying for next season’s Champions League and Klopp knows it. The Reds, now priced at 13/2 to win the Europa League, will fancy their chances of success this year, especially with the likes of Tottenham Hotspur and United out of the competition.
Klopp has quickly matured into a fan favourite at Anfield and with a couple of signings this summer, Liverpool could well compete on multiple fronts. For now, however, they will remain focused on the Europa League and a potential date with destiny in the final of the competition in Basel on May 18th… IF Liverpool can advance past Klopp’s former side Borussia Dortmund in the last-eight.
Klopp’s Liverpool can turn on the style or show their stern side
In previous years, Liverpool have been too predictable – especially in attack. Since losing Luis Suarez, the Reds have failed to inspire confidence but Klopp has completely changed the style of Liverpool’s offensive unit. With Philippe Coutinho, Roberto Firmino and Daniel Sturridge leading the line, the Reds now have a truly lethal group of forward players.
And while Klopp cannot be credited with bringing any of those players to the club, he must receive plenty of recognition for his ability to transform Liverpool on a weekly basis. Would Rodgers’ side have gone to Manchester City and won 4-1? Probably not. By the same token, could the Northern Irishman set Liverpool up to hold United to a draw at Old Trafford? Once again, debatable.
Behind the scenes, Klopp must dedicate plenty of time to analysing Liverpool’s next opponents as he always seems to get his tactics spot on – especially in the big games. Yes they lost to United in their Premier League game at Anfield but on another day, Liverpool could have won that match by two or three goals – they were simply unlucky on that occasion.
Liverpool are a team on the rise but what about the future under Jurgen Klopp? Well, the German could be the man to finally bring the Premier League title to Anfield – that’s how good he is. With a couple of signings, the Reds will be there or thereabouts next season and even if they don’t go on to win the Europa League and secure Champions League football, it’s certainly an exciting time to be a Liverpool fan right now.