This time last year, Liverpool were just 24 hours away from appointing Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.
An eighth-placed finish and two cup finals later and the German is set to celebrate his first anniversary in charge at Anfield.
While the club don’t have any silverware to show for it, it’s been a whirlwind twelve months on Merseyside with Klopp at the helm.
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Interesting press conferences, uncontrollable passion on the touchline and an exciting style of play has seen Klopp become adored by the Kop and football fans in general.
So, one day short of his year anniversary, we’ve decided to take a look at some of Klopp’s most outrageous moments.
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Thanking the Kop after drawing to West Brom
When Klopp ordered his players to go over and thank the Liverpool fans at the Kop end by holding hands and raising them in unison following their 2-2 draw with West Brom last season, many people were confused. Some believed that Klopp was celebrating the fact they had achieved a last-minute draw against the mid-table side.
But he was actually appreciating the fact the supporters had stayed until the end to cheer on the team - something they hadn’t done a few weeks previously during the 2-1 loss to Crystal Palace.
It’s no coincidence that Liverpool fans now remain at Anfield and cheer on their side until the final whistle resulting in a number of late, late goals at the end - most notably against Borussia Dortmund during last season’s epic 4-3 thriller.
It was a gesture that no other manager in the Premier League has ever done but it was important to form a relationship between Klopp, the players and the fans.
His celebrations during the 5-4 Norwich win
We’ve loved watching how passionate Klopp gets during matches and his celebrations when his side score a goal is usually brilliant. We’ve picked out two of our best during the 12 months.
First up is his reaction after Adam Lallana scored an injury-time winner during Liverpool’s thrilling 5-4 victory over Norwich. Cue absolute bedlam with Klopp running on the pitch and getting well and truly involved.
It was also the last time we ever saw his black rimmed glasses with them being smashed in the process.
It was well worth it, though.
His celebration during the 4-3 Arsenal win
The opening weekend of the season and new signing Sadio Mane had given Liverpool a 4-1 lead against Arsenal at the Emirates. Klopp celebrated by allowing the goalscorer the jump on his bank as the rest of the players piled on.
He later apologised for his behaviour and admitted that it was his fault that Liverpool allowed Arsenal back into the game before holding out for a 4-3 victory.
Refusing to shake Tony Pulis’ hand
While he may have forgotten to shake Antonio Conte’s hand by accident earlier this season, he purposely didn’t shake Pulis’ hand last campaign.
In the same match that he thanked the Kop for their support during the 2-2 draw, Klopp obviously wasn’t impressed with Pulis’ behaviour during the game and refused to acknowledge his opposite number at the end - not that he has any regrets.
“If you want to misinterpret what I did after the game you can but, in that situation, I would do it again,” he said after the match.
Brutal treatment of Mario Balotelli and Mamadou Sakho
While Klopp can often be seen joking around in press conferences, there is a serious side to him - seen by the Pulis exchange.
He’s also very stern when it comes to the treatment of his players. He wants his entire squad to be exactly on the same page when it comes to work-rate and commitment to the cause.
Two players that clearly didn’t fit into that criteria as far as Klopp is concerned is Sakho and Balotelli with both being banished from the first-team with the latter being show the exit door and the former having to make do with the reserves.
When a manager is asked how he feels after a tremendous win, they usually comment about how it was a great performance but they’re focusing on the next match.
However, when Klopp was asked about how it felt to beat Manchester City 3-0 after they had just lost to them in the Capital One Cup final on penalties, he replied with one simple word: ‘BOOM.’
Laughing at Lucas Leiva’s shot in the Merseyside derby
Another example of Klopp not acting like your average manager. When you see one of your players take a terrible shot from 20-yards that dribbles wide, the reaction for a manager is usually to give him a stern telling off.
For Klopp, he sat back in his seat and laughed hysterically as if he was watching the match with his mates on the sofa.
To be fair, Liverpool were 4-0 up against Everton in the Merseyside derby at the time.
Laughing at Bayern Munich losing
In the very same interview as his infamous ‘Boom,’ Klopp decided he would take time to laugh at Bayern Munich being beaten by his former club, Mainz, on the same night.
It had nothing to do with Liverpool but it was hilarious nonetheless.