One Thing Jurgen Klopp Must Do to Secure Liverpool’s Greatest Ever Feat Before Leaving

Liverpool are gearing up for a pivotal clash against Manchester City this Sunday, presenting a crucial opportunity to make a statement in the Premier League title race, especially in Jurgen Klopp’s farewell season at Anfield.

A victory for Liverpool in the Premier League title this season could warrant an asterisk alongside it.

The reason being, if Jurgen Klopp’s tenure culminates with him raising the championship trophy at Anfield, it could arguably overshadow any other accomplishments by previous Liverpool managers.

Apologies are due to those Liverpool fans of a certain vintage who hold dear the memories crafted by legends such as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, and Kenny Dalglish. However, this season, Klopp has been orchestrating remarkable feats with a team that underwent significant reconstruction after finishing fifth last year.

His strategic blueprints have frequently been hampered by a string of injuries to key players like Mo Salah, Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson, Andy Robertson, Diogo Jota, Thiago Alcantara, Dominik Szoboszlai, and numerous others.

Nevertheless, he has succeeded in eliciting heroic performances from those who have remained fit, alongside nurturing talents from the academy such as Curtis Jones, Conor Bradley, Jarrell Quansah, and second-choice goalkeeper Caoimhin Kelleher.

For Liverpool to once again emerge as contenders against a Manchester City side that has etched their name in history with three consecutive titles and a treble is a feat in itself. However, if Klopp can now propel Liverpool 2.0 across the finish line ahead of City and a resurgent Arsenal side, it would mark an astonishing feat.

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Such a triumph would undeniably warrant its own place in the rich history of Anfield. Liverpool can take a significant stride towards the title by prevailing over City.

But whatever unfolds when Klopp and Pep Guardiola clash for the final time in the Premier League, the outcome won’t be decisive, with much football left to play. City’s history at Anfield includes losses yet they’ve still triumphed in the league.

The stadium has long been a daunting venue for City, with Guardiola securing only one win there in 2021, a 4-1 victory in an empty ground due to covid restrictions.

Anfield holds a unique aura for big games, and City have faltered under pressure despite performing well. Klopp and Guardiola’s rivalry rivals iconic clashes like Ferguson v Dalglish, Wenger v Ferguson, and Mourinho v Everyone.

While their friendship may not be tight, mutual respect between the two is evident. Pep will likely miss their battles once Klopp departs.

Their rivalry has pushed each other to new heights, elevating the Premier League to unprecedented levels. The focus in the coming months will be on whether Liverpool’s players can secure the title for their departing manager.

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However, professional footballers are driven to win trophies for themselves, not just their managers. Klopp’s decision to leave won’t distract the team, as winning is ingrained in their nature. That’s why Klopp is adamant about not letting his departure dominate every press conference.

He was determined that his prolonged farewell wouldn’t overshadow the team’s efforts, and he commends his players for their unwavering focus as they strive to secure victories in the Premier League, FA Cup, and Europa League, following their Carabao Cup win. It’s shaping up to be an unforgettable title race.

Recall the debate in 2020 surrounding Klopp’s first title win with Liverpool after a 30-year drought, with some suggesting it should be marked with an asterisk due to the season’s interruption by the pandemic. A second title under Klopp’s tenure, in his final season, would undoubtedly be seen as something truly exceptional.

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