Jurgen Klopp’s rise to the top

Jurgen Klopp was last night named Best FIFA Men’s coach for 2019 after enjoying a breathtaking 2018/19 season with Liverpool in his 4th spell at the Club. Having finished second place behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City by one point, Klopp guided Liverpool to their 6th Champions League trophy beating Tottenham Hotspur in a final where they were dubbed as favourites.

Klopp named Best FIFA Men’s coach 2019

Klopp’s resurgence to the top has been nothing short of persistence, determination and hard work. Having started his career as a striker turned defender at Mainz, Klopp later became the club manager after his retirement in 2001 leading them to promotion into the Bundesliga in 2004. He then resigned from the club in 2008 after suffering relegation in the 2006/7 campaign and failing to get promotion the year after.

Klopp during his time at Mainz

The German was thereafter appointed as Dortmund head coach where he established his high-pressing and attacking football that’s popularly known as Gegenpressing. He won his first title for the club having beaten Bayern Munich in the Super Copa final in 2008. Klopp went on to win the German title in the 2010/11 season and successfully defended it the next season winning the club’s first-ever double in the process. The highlights of his career in Dortmund include the 4-1 drubbing of Real Madrid in the Champions League semi-final to progress to a final in which they lost 2-1 to Bayern Munich after an 89th winner from Arjen Robben.

Klopp later announced that he would leave Dortmund after the 2014/15 season having won the German Super Cup at the beginning of the season. After a disappointing season, Klopp left Dortmund saying “I think the decision is the right one. This club deserves to be coached from the 100% right manager” as well as adding “I chose this time to announce it because in the last few years some player decisions were made late and there was no time to react”, after the departures of Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski.

Klopp at Dortmund

Klopp agreed a deal with Liverpool thereafter in 2015 intending to achieve European glory after failing to secure it with Dortmund. He guided Liverpool to a European final against Sevilla in the Europa league but lost 3-1 after a Daniel Sturridge opening goal in the first half. He then guided Liverpool to the Champions League final in the 2017/18 season but still lost to Real Madrid that led most to believe maybe he just wasn’t the manager to win at a major final.

However, during the 2018/19 season, Klopp’s Liverpool put up one of the greatest performance in both the premier league and Champions League. Liverpool finished second behind Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City by a single point and went on to win their 6th Champions League title after beating Tottenham Hotspur 2-0 with goals from Salah and Origi.  

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