How time flies. This weekend marks the first anniversary of Jurgen Klopp’s time at Liverpool and the German has already experienced enough drama to last a decade.
From the pulsating win over Borussia Dortmund to scoring four goals at the Emirates and Etihad Stadium respectively, Klopp really has brought ‘heavy metal’ football to Merseyside.
After all, if the 49-year-old has achieved anything with the Reds already, it’s been excitement. It’s fair to say his self-proclaimed title as the ‘Normal One’ serves the man himself a rather hearty injustice.
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One of the biggest improvements Liverpool have made under Klopp has been their goal scoring. The Anfield-based side may remain leaky defensively, but their attack has been in electrifying form.
Therefore, it’s no surprise that amid all the net ripplers, that a fair few have been crackers. Consequently, it’s only fair to look back on the five finest strikers of Klopp’s first 12 months in the Premier League.
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Enjoy these worldies:
Coutinho versus Arsenal
The Brazilian midfielder is no stranger to fantastic goals, but this has to be one of his finest in a Liverpool shirt. From 30-yards out, his right-footed strike beat Petr Cech no less and couldn’t have nestled any further in the top corner.
Not only was it spectacular, but it proved crucial within the game itself also. It was this superb equaliser that saw Liverpool come back from 1-0 down to romp Arsenal 4-3 in their own back yard.
The win set the tone for the Reds’ superb start to the season and Coutinho’s screamer kick started it.
Skrtel versus Manchester City
This summer saw Skrtel’s eight-year Liverpool spell come to an end, yet he still continued to impress during Klopp’s first few months at the helm. This was the case most notably in the famous 4-1 win away to Manchester City.
The Reds already commanded an emphatic 3-1 lead, only for Skrtel to wrap up proceedings. Latching onto a Christian Benteke header, the Slovakian hammered home a thunderous half volley from 16 yards out.
By the time Joe Hart could dive, the ball had hit the net. Blink and you’ll miss it.
Coutinho versus Manchester United
Yes that’s right, it’s Coutinho again. However, this particular goal proves the ex-Inter Milan starlet isn’t limited to long range strikes, but mazy runs as well.
With Manchester United threatening to pull off an unlikely Europa League come back, Coutinho put their hopes to bed with a fantastic solo effort. Slaloming through the Red Devils’ defence, straddling the by-line and chipping David de Gea, it was some finish.
Considering the Brazilian had picked up the ball wide on the left flank, going onto score without help from his teammates was no mean feat. Magical stuff.
Henderson versus Chelsea
Another cracker from this season and in yet another impressive away win at one of the Premier League’s finest. Henderson’s top corner effort proved the damning blow in Antonio Conte’s first defeat as Chelsea boss.
Latching onto the ball from the 30-yards out, the 26-year-old bamboozled Thibaut Courtois with a wicked curling effort. Simply put, he couldn’t have placed it further in the top corner if he tried and saw him rightfully win Match of the Day’s goal of the month award.
Sturridge versus Sevilla
A fantastic strike on what ultimately proved a heart breaking night for Liverpool. Sturridge’s impudent effort had given Klopp’s men the Europa League final lead; only for Sevilla to rally and bag a 3-1 win.
Nevertheless, having collected the ball from Coutinho in the penalty area and being smothered by three defenders, he somehow found the far corner. With one deft swing of the outside of his left boot, Sturridge had beaten David Soria.
It was a typical strike from a player who certainly has such mercurial moments in his locker. This was one of the finest though.
So, it’s fair to say that Klopp has witnessed some fine strikes from the touchline as Liverpool boss. Moreover, it serves to show just how good his side performs against England’s premier outfits.
Given the form the Reds are in now too, you can be pretty confident that Klopp’s second year at the helm will seen an equal amount of special goals.
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