Klopp well on the way to building long-lasting Liverpool legacy – Krawietz

Klopp well on the way to building long-lasting Liverpool legacy – Krawietz

Liverpool assistant manager Peter Krawietz believes Jurgen Klopp is well on his way to building a long-lasting legacy at Anfield.

Exactly four years ago Klopp was confirmed as Reds boss, inheriting a team which had lost its way under Brendan Rodgers.

The club were three points off the top four and six behind leaders Manchester City but, over the course of the next 48 months, the German has turned them into a force at home and abroad.

Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League title last season (Joe Giddens/PA)
Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League title last season (Joe Giddens/PA)

A sixth European Cup was secured in June as Klopp finally triumphed in his fourth final with the Reds, having just guided them to a record-breaking second-place points tally in being pipped to the Premier League title by a point.

Four years on from his arrival Liverpool sit top of the standings, having considerably turned the tables on City having already established an eight-point lead over the defending champions.

At his first press conference, Klopp, promising to change “doubters into believers”, pledged: “If we sit here in four years I think we win a title, I’m pretty sure.”

He has delivered on that with the Champions League triumph and has also put the team in a position to end their 30-year wait for a domestic championship.

Jurgen Klopp took charge at Anfield in 2015 (Peter Byrne/PA)
Jurgen Klopp took charge at Anfield in 2015 (Peter Byrne/PA)

But Krawietz insists the progress can be measured in more than trophies.

“We knew it wouldn’t be easy, we didn’t expect it would be easy,” he told liverpoolfc.com.

“We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time – a long-term idea – and we’d come somewhere where we’d try to make an impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you are not here any more.

“Something which stays – not only trophies and a good time – and that can go on.

“I would say it’s not too bad so far, a few things worked out pretty well. Today we are where we are and it was a good journey so far.”

There is no likelihood of complacency setting in, however, even if the club are at their highest level since the Rafael Benitez era, another Champions League-winning manager who came up just short in winning the title in 2009.

Klopp has freshened up his long-standing successful coaching triumvirate of him, Krawietz and Zeljko Buvac, with the latter departing in April last year after a fall-out with the German to be replaced by the highly-rated coach Pep Lijnders.

He has also overhauled the squad by a process of evolution not revolution.

    Jurgen Klopp’s time at Liverpool in numbers

  • 221 – number of games played in all competitions.
  • 320 – points won in the Premier League from 152 matches at an average of 2.11 per game.
  • 146 – the number of games it took Klopp to record 300 league points – the fewest required by any of the club’s managers.
  • 458 – goals scored in all competitions – averaging 2.07 goals per game, the highest ratio by any Reds manager in the last 123 years.
  • 58.82 – win percentage (130 in 221 games), bettered only by one previous Liverpool manager John McKenna (69.44).
  • 92 – wins in Klopp’s first 150 Premier League games, more than any other Liverpool manager.
  • 67 – players used by the club during Klopp’s four-year, 221-match reign.
  • 44 – average number of minutes between Liverpool goals (458 goals in 20,010 minutes).
  • 43 – number of occasions Klopp’s side have scored four goals or more in a game.
  • 14 – number of Premier League teams Klopp is unbeaten against.
  • 17 – successive league victories recorded (currently), a club best and one short of Manchester City’s record which they can equal at Manchester United on October 20.
  • 1 – the first manager to take an English team to three European finals in his first three seasons of European competition.

In his first transfer window he made just two signings: youngster Marko Grujic for £5.1million, who was immediately loaned back to Red Star Belgrade, and Steven Caulker, who barely featured, on loan.

The likes of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum arrived the following summer, and 12 months later Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and arguably his best-value buy Andy Robertson (for £8m) were signed.

He suffered his first big-name loss in January 2017 when Philippe Coutinho was lured to Barcelona but that was offset by the arrival of Virgil Van Dijk, at the time the world’s most expensive defender at £75m.

Liverpool made Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world at the time (Martin Rickett/PA)
Liverpool made Virgil Van Dijk the most expensive defender in the world at the time (Martin Rickett/PA)

The final pieces of the jigsaw arrived with the £65m signing of goalkeeper Alisson Becker, along with midfielders Naby Keita and Fabinho.

Of the squad Klopp inherited those who remain are captain Jordan Henderson, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, James Milner, Divock Origi, Sheyi Ojo (on loan at Rangers) and Nathaniel Clyne, who has played just 10 times for Liverpool in the last two full seasons and would not still be at the club were he not currently injured.

Virtually all of that group have improved significantly under the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz coach’s stewardship.

Peter Krawietz, centre, is part of Liverpool’s coaching staff alongside Klopp, right, and Pep Lijnders (Richard Sellers/PA)
Peter Krawietz, centre, is part of Liverpool’s coaching staff alongside Klopp, right, and Pep Lijnders (Richard Sellers/PA)

“In the best case, people learn and develop,” added Krawietz.

“We changed and developed as well. You should always try to get better, that’s the interesting thing.The game is developing; we try to be inventive.

“Our philosophy, our style of play won’t change too much but the details are always interesting.

“With the energy and the fuel, you need to go on, try to proceed and try to stay successful.”

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