The triumph over Borussia Dortmund certainly was one of Liverpool’s biggest victories in the last 10 years and can become the beginning of a big comeback for the Reds, with the German manager as the leader.
When Jurgen Klopp took over a few months ago, everyone in the club was excited and optimistic that the Reds would soon be capable of returning to the top of the English Premier League and Europe, respectively.
However, despite a couple of impressive performances against Chelsea and Manchester City on the road, the team faced many ups and downs in the Premier League, which was considered logical, as a new manager had just been appointed.
Although the team was undefeated in the Europa League, the squad hadn’t proved whether they were ready to turn things around. That said, their fight against Borussia Dortmund was the biggest test in the Klopp era, as the German coach was also facing his former side.
After, a 1-1 draw in Germany, Thomas Tuchel’s players were in front by two goals at Anfield (0-2, 1-3), 25 minutes before the end of the game, with nothing seeming capable of preventing them from advancing to the semi-finals.
But, at that time, a changing moment took place. In the remaining time, Liverpool scored three times, beat their opponents 4-3 and qualified to the semi-finals, where they will play Villareal for a spot in the Final.
The most important thing, though, is that the team refused to lose against a squad, which was more talented and more prepared for such a crucial game. This intense and relentless playing style, which Liverpool used in the last 25 minutes of the game, is what the fans want to see from Klopp and the historic club.
Moreover, the Reds managed to play at high standards for the entire game, with the tempo and intensity being relentless for 90 minutes.
In addition, even though the team wasn’t so consistent, especially defensively, they didn’t let the game drift away and that was Klopp’s biggest accomplishment, namely that the club’s winning mentality seems to have been restored.
“That’s the moment in life when you have to show character,” Klopp said about the moment that his squad was down by two goals, with 30 minutes to go in the game. “And that’s what the lads did. It was pretty cool to watch,” he added.
At the same time, Dortmund’s manager, Thomas Tuchel, was shocked afterwards, due to his side’s defeat in such a painful manner. “If you expect an explanation, I probably have to disappoint you,” he said. “An explanation would mean things are logical or tactical, at least, and none of that happened.”
Concerning Jurgen Klopp, the important thing is that he is passionate about bringing the club back to the top and understands the team’s great history. And that’s why he will not be satisfied until he gets his hands on a first trophy.
And he now has a golden opportunity to win the Europa League by eliminating Villareal in the semi-finals and then going on to beat either Shakhtar Donetsk or Sevilla in the Final.
That said, Klopp is the side’s biggest asset in order to make a big come-back. The way he motivates his players and makes the crowd energetic has been impressive and has led the entire squad to play for him, which certainly is of utmost importance for the German coach and makes him the perfect fit for the club.
At the end, if everyone in Liverpool does their best to enhance the quality of the current roster during the upcoming transfer period, then the triumph over Borussia Dortmund can be the beginning of a big come-back for the Reds.
Until then, though, one thing is certain: Only Jurgen Klopp can help the team return to the winning track and prove he is a special Liverpool manager.
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