Liverpool FC History - 2015 to
After Brendan Rodgers' reign ended it was so very apparent that Liverpool's next choice to be manager needed to be a well established, top coach with a proven, successful background. But where do you find such a manager. They are, after all, quite thin on the ground. Some interesting names were offered forward - for example, that well known, successful and hugely respected manager, Carlo Ancellotti. That was the calibre Liverpool were aiming for.
Fortunately, in that esteemed category was another successful manager with a fantastic track record. And, very importantly, he was available. Well, available in terms of him not being with a club, but he was on a sabbatical. Who was he? Step forward the enigmatic, charasmatic german, Jurgen Klopp. Klopp's record at his previous club, Borussia Dortmund was exceptional when you consider what he was up against in the form of Bayern Munich. He took over Dortmund in 2008 and left at the end of the 2014/15 season.
In the seven seasons he was in charge, Klopp guided Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles. They were also runners up twice. They won two German Cup Finals and were also runners up twice. In 2012/13, they came so close to beating arch rivals Bayern Munich in the Champions League Final but ultimately ended up as 2-1 losers.
It is without doubt Klopp had the pedigree and the stature to become Liverpool's next manager. But would he come? The answer to that came on 8th October 2015 when Klopp was appointed as Brendan Rodgers' successor. In his first interview as Liverpool manager he referred to himself as the "Normal One". Clearly a humorous jibe at the self appointed, "Special One" - Jose Mourinho.
It was clear that Liverpool needed another rebuild. As the 2015/16 season had already started, Klopp's first real big test was to be the 2016/17 season. Although he did guide Liverpool to two Cup Finals in 2015/16. Losing both however, 2-1 to Manchester City in the League Cup Final and 3-1 to Sevilla in the Europa League Cup Final.
The 2016/17 season saw a huge improvement in Liverpool's League form as they ultimately qualified for the Champions League qualifying round by finishing 4th in the Premier League. The qualifying game against Hoffenheim was successfully negotiated on a 5-3 aggregate score, thereby placing Liverpool in the Champions League Group stages.