Why Jürgen Klopp is Already One of the Greatest German Managers (Part 4)


It is not easy to assess a manager’s longevity while his career is still in progress. However, it is worth mentioning that, towards the end of his Dortmund time, Klopp’s strategies and tactics were relatively ineffective, with opponents have studied and knowing how to overcome them effectively. Furthermore, since arriving in the Premier League, his performance at Liverpool have been purely entertain without truly having any significant contributions to live up to expectations from both the board, players as well as the fans.

Klopp will always have an important position in German football history as the mastermind and successful coach who contributed to rejuvenate Dortmund and led them to the brink of Champions League victory, as well as the man influenced Mainz’s promotion to the Bundesliga. Beyond the results and titles, however, the way his teams performed throughout many championships will remain in the memory of fans who watched them.

At a time when controlling the possession of ball throughout the match was widely accepted as the most effective way of playing football, Klopp brought about changes of superlative fast-paced football with more of a concentration on defending actively both from before, during and instantly after losing the ball. This style of play, widely known as Gegenpressing, or Counterpressing, is now so popular and respected throughout the football world thanks to Klopp’s contribution.

An iconic coach at Dortmund and Mainz and a successful manager in general, Klopp’s legacy remains generally bright. But, if he is able to inspire Liverpool to a first-ever title of champion win since 1990, his reputation would be significantly improved.

A dogmatic idealist and strategist without the cold calculation and overly analytical aura as his peers, Klopp proved to football fans that it was possible to be both intelligent and emotional, strategic and charismatic.