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Liverpool finally stride in the right direction under Jurgen Klopp

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Photo courtesy: themalaysianinsider.com

While Liverpool were wandering aimless under Brendan Rodgers in the first half of the 2015-16 season (or the last three seasons, if you are a true Red), they seem to have finally found some stability under new boss Jurgen Klopp.
The Reds gave Rodgers three years at Anfield (which is more than fair, in my opinion) before finally growing tired with his inability to get consistent results.

The 42-year-old Northern Irishman did come very close to capturing the Reds’ first English title since 1990 in the 2013-14 campaign, but his team were unable to replicate the same form in the succeeding season and Liverpool ended up finishing in sixth place.

Their performance in the Champions League last season, too, was dismal as they failed to qualify beyond the group stages despite them being in a comparatively easy group.

The main reason behind Liverpool’s drastic slump in form in the 2014-15 season was probably the departure of their talisman Luis Suarez, who joined Barcelona for an estimated transfer fee of £75 million in the summer of 2014.
The Uruguayan, despite missing the start of the season because of a ban for biting Chelsea defender Branislav Ivanovic in the previous campaign, nearly delivered the Holy Grail for Liverpool, scoring 31 goals in 33 Premier League games.

Although Liverpool and Brendan Rodgers tried their best to keep the former Ajax striker, convincing him to sign a new mega contract that made him one of the highest earners in the Premier League, they were finally forced to let him go after he received a hefty ban for getting involved in yet another biting incident during the 2014 World Cup.

Liverpool, who made quite a healthy profit from the sale of Suarez, reinvested in a lot of new players, but none of them could fill the void left by the departure of the Uruguayan. Things then got worse after their other prolific goal scorer – Daniel Sturridge – was ruled out of action for almost nine months following recurring injury problems.

Finally, Liverpool ended the season without a single piece of silverware (although they did make it to the semi-finals of the League Cup and the FA Cup).

That would probably have been the right time to sack the ineffective Rodgers, but the Reds hierarchy still decided to stick with their man for this season. But when Liverpool amassed just 3 wins out of 7, the final nail in the coffin was firmly hammered; Liverpool relieved Rodgers of his duties in late October.

Rodgers’ successor Klopp, who found a lot of success with Borussia Dortmund in the Bundesliga, was not able to make an immediate impact at Liverpool, with the Reds drawing their first two Premier League games under the German.
However, Klopp seems to be finally working his magic at Liverpool, helping the Reds’ beat the likes of Chelsea and Manchester City in the Premier League.

Liverpool’s victory over Chelsea might not have been very significant (considering the fact that the Blues have been playing poorly this season), but the Reds’ convincing 4-1 win at Manchester City has proved that the Merseysiders are slowing regaining their confidence and charisma.

It is, of course, a little early to be judging Klopp and Liverpool, but all signs seem to be pointing at the right direction as the Reds again plan to dominate English football and Europe.

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