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Steven Gerrard

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Few men will ever match the legacy forged by Steven Gerrard at Liverpool FC. The only player in Reds history to feature in the club’s all-time top five for both appearances and goals, the talismanic midfielder clocked up an astonishing 710 games and found the target 186 times.

A complete footballer of undoubted world-class ability, revered by teammates and opponents alike, respected by rivals and adored by supporters, nothing seemed impossible to Gerrard – he could do everything and he gave everything.

The midfielder’s tendency to drag his teammates along with him to achieve great things is perhaps best evidenced by his unique record of having scored in the finals of the Champions League, UEFA Cup, FA Cup and League Cup.

And few players end their careers having made even one contribution to a football match as iconic as his barely believable last-minute equaliser against West Ham United in the FA Cup final, or the unforgettable half-volley against Olympiacos that kept the Reds on track for European Cup glory. That’s without mentioning the inch-perfect header that kick-started a miracle in Istanbul.

But that was Gerrard through and through during a 17-year Anfield career: The Scouser who grew up to captain his boyhood club, to be one of the best in the world, to collect trophies.

Bob Paisley

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Twenty trophies in nine seasons – not bad for a man who was loath to make the step into football management.

But then, that was the reluctant genius that was Bob Paisley, the manager given the unenviable task of succeeding the legendary Bill Shankly.

A humble son of the North East, Paisley was always more at ease in the wings rather than centre stage, but when it came to knowledge of the game and the ability to spot a player, his record spoke volumes.

Kenny Dalglish, Alan Hansen, Graeme Souness, Alan Kennedy, Ronnie Whelan, Ian Rush and Mark Lawrenson were just some of the players brought to Anfield during Bob’s time in charge and each went on to cement themselves as a club legend.

In the process, three European Cups, six league championships, three League Cups and one UEFA Cup were added to the Anfield honours board.

His achievements in such a short period in charge cannot be overstated, nor will they ever be eclipsed and he is quite rightly recognised as one of the greatest football managers of all-time.

Bill Shankly

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The most iconic figure in the history of Liverpool Football Club.

A charismatic, famously quotable man who realised his dream of turning LFC into English football’s most dominant force, Shankly’s spirit has quite rightly been stitched into the very fabric of the club.

The Scot took charge of a Second Division outfit that had been starved of success on December 1, 1959, and set about laying the foundations that would see three First Division titles, one Division Two title, two FA Cups and one UEFA Cup claimed during his time in charge.

But it is the contributions beyond simply putting trophies in the cabinet that secured Shankly’s untouchable Anfield legacy. From founding the mythical Boot Room to revitalising the club’s training facility at Melwood – his influence remained evident in the unforgettable period of success that followed under Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish.

Although the conditions for even greater victories were in place by the time Shankly announced his retirement in July 1974, Kopites were truly devastated to hear of the departure of their magnetic leader. In true Shanks fashion, though, he slipped quietly away safe in the knowledge he had set Liverpool FC on the path to greatness.

Kenny Dalglish

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Dalglish in Singapore, 2009

Sir Kenneth Mathieson Dalglish MBE (born 4 March 1951) is a Scottish former football player and manager. He made over three hundred appearances for both Celtic and Liverpool and earned over one hundred caps for the Scotland national team. Dalglish won the Ballon d’Or Silver Award in 1983, the PFA Players’ Player of the Year in 1983, and the FWA Footballer of the Year in 1979 and 1983. In 2009, FourFourTwo named Dalglish the greatest striker in post-war British football, and in 2006, he topped a Liverpool fans’ poll of “100 Players Who Shook the Kop“. He has been inducted into both the Scottish and English Football Halls of Fame.

Dalglish began his career with Celtic in 1971, going on to win four Scottish league championships, four Scottish Cups and one Scottish League Cup with the club. In 1977, Liverpool manager Bob Paisley paid a British transfer record of £440,000 to bring Dalglish to Liverpool. His years at Liverpool were among the club’s most successful periods, as he won six English league championships, the FA Cup, four League Cups, five FA Charity Shields, three European Cups and one European Super Cup. In international football, Dalglish made 102 appearances and scored 30 goals for Scotland between 1971 and 1986, becoming their most capped player and joint-leading goalscorer (with Denis Law).

Dalglish became player-manager of Liverpool in 1985 after the resignation of Joe Fagan, winning a further three First Divisions, a FA Cup, and four FA Charity Shields, before resigning in 1991. Eight months later, Dalglish made a return to football management with Blackburn Rovers, whom he led from the Second Division to win the Premier League in 1995. Soon afterwards, he stepped down as manager to become Director of Football at the club, before leaving altogether in 1996. In January 1997, Dalglish took over as manager at Newcastle United. Newcastle finished runners-up in both the Premier League and FA Cup during his first season, but they only finished 13th in 1997–98, which led to his dismissal the following season. Dalglish went on to be appointed Director of Football at Celtic in 1999, and later manager, where he won the Scottish League Cup before an acrimonious departure the following year.

Between 2000 and 2010, Dalglish focused on charitable concerns, founding The Marina Dalglish Appeal with his wife to raise money for cancer care. In January 2011, Dalglish returned to Liverpool for a spell as caretaker manager after the dismissal of Roy Hodgson, becoming the permanent manager in May 2011.Despite winning the League Cup which earned them a place in the UEFA Europa League, and reaching the FA Cup Final, Liverpool only finished 8th in the Premier League, and Dalglish was dismissed in May 2012. In October 2013, Dalglish returned to Anfield as a non-executive director, and had Anfield’s Centenary Stand renamed after him in May 2017.

Early Life

Dalglish, the son of an engineer, was born in Dalmarnock in the East End of Glasgow, and was brought up in Milton in the north of the city. He moved to the docklands of Govan, near Ibrox, home of Rangers, when he was 15, and he grew up supporting Rangers.

Dalglish attended Miltonbank Primary School in Milton and started out as a goalkeeper. He then attended High Possil Senior Secondary School, where he won the inter-schools five-a-side and the inter-year five-a-side competitions. He won the Scottish Cup playing for Glasgow Schoolboys and Glasgow Schools, and was then selected for the Scottish schoolboys team that went undefeated in a home nations Victory Shield tournament. In 1966 Dalglish had unsuccessful trials at West Ham and Liverpool.

Playing Career

Celtic

Dalglish signed a provisional contract with Celtic in May 1967. The club’s manager Jock Stein sent his assistant Sean Fallon to see Dalglish and his parents at their home, which had Rangers-related pictures on the walls. In his first season Dalglish was loaned out to Cumbernauld United, for whom he scored 37 goals. During this time he also worked as an apprentice joiner. Stein wanted Dalglish to spend a second season on loan at Cumbernauld, but the youngster wanted to turn professional. Dalglish got his wish, and became a regular member of the highly rated Celtic reserve team that became known as the Quality Street Gang, due to its having a large number of future Scottish internationals, including Danny McGrain, George Connelly, Lou Macari, and David Hay.] Dalglish made his first-team competitive debut for Celtic in a Scottish League Cup quarter-final tie against Hamilton Academical on 25 September 1968, coming on as a second-half substitute in a 4–2 win.

He played with the reserves throughout the 1968–69 season, but only scored four goals in 17 games. The following season, he moved into midfield, which saw his performances improve. Stein put Dalglish in the starting XI for the first team in a league match against Raith Rovers on 4 October 1969. Celtic won 7–1 but Dalglish didn’t score, nor did he score in the next three first-team games he played in during season 1969–70. The reserves, however, benefited from his goalscoring talent from midfield as he helped them to the league and cup double, with him scoring 19 goals in 31 games.

Dalglish continued his goalscoring form in the reserves into the next season, scoring 23 goals. A highlight of his season came in the Reserve Cup Final against Rangers. Dalglish scored one goal in a 4–1 win in the first leg, then in the second leg scored a hat-trick in a 6–1 win to clinch the cup. Still not a first-team regular, Dalglish was in the stands when the Ibrox disaster occurred at an Old Firm match in January 1971, when 66 Rangers fans died. On 17 May 1971, he played for Celtic against Kilmarnock in a testimonial match for the Rugby Park club’s long serving midfielder, Frank Beattie. Dalglish scored six goals for Celtic in a 7–2 win.

The 1971–72 season saw Dalglish finally establish himself in the Celtic first team, scoring 29 goals in 53 games and helping Celtic win their seventh consecutive league title. Dalglish also played in Celtic’s 6–1 win over Hibernian in the 1972 Scottish Cup Final. In 1972–73 Dalglish was Celtic’s leading scorer, with 39 goals in all competitions, and saw Celtic win yet another league championship. Celtic won a league and cup double in 1973–74 and reached the semi-finals of the European Cup. The ties against Atlético Madrid were acrimonious, and Dalglish described the first leg in Glasgow where the Spanish side had three players sent off as “without doubt the worst game I have ever played in as far as violence is concerned.”

Dalglish was made Celtic captain in the 1975–76 season, during which Celtic failed to win a trophy for the first time in 12 years. Stein had been badly injured in a car crash and missed most of that season while recovering from his injuries. Celtic won another league and cup double in 1976–77, with Dalglish scoring 27 goals in all competitions. On 10 August 1977, after making 320 appearances and scoring 167 goals for Celtic, Dalglish was signed by Liverpool manager Bob Paisley for a British transfer fee record of £440,000 (£2,685,000 today). The deal was unpopular with the Celtic fans, and Dalglish was booed by the crowd when he returned to Celtic Park in August 1978 to play in a testimonial match for Stein.

Liverpool

Dalglish was signed to replace Kevin Keegan, and quickly settled into his new club. He made his debut on 13 August 1977 in the season opener at Wembley, in the 1977 FA Charity Shield against Manchester United. He scored his first goal for Liverpool in his league debut a week later on 20 August, against Middlesbrough. Dalglish also scored three days later on his Anfield debut in a 2–0 victory over Newcastle United, and he scored Liverpool’s sixth goal when they beat Keegan’s Hamburg 6–0 in the second leg of the 1977 European Super Cup. By the end of his first season with Liverpool, Dalglish had played 62 times and scored 31 goals, including the winning goal in the 1978 European Cup Final at Wembley against Bruges.

In his second season Dalglish recorded a personal best of 21 league goals for the club, and he was also named Football Writers’ Association Footballer of the Year. He did not miss a league game for Liverpool until the 1980–81 season, when he appeared in 34 out of 42 league games and scored only eight goals as Liverpool finished fifth in the league, but still won the European Cup and Football League Cup. He recovered his goal-scoring form the following season, and was an ever-present player in the league once again, scoring 13 goals as Liverpool became league champions for the 13th time, and the third time since Dalglish’s arrival. It was also around this time that he began to form a potent strike partnership with Ian Rush; Dalglish began to play just off Rush, “running riot in the extra space afforded to him in the hole”. Dalglish was voted PFA Players’ Player of the Year for the 1982–83 season, during which he scored 18 league goals as Liverpool retained their title. From 1983 Dalglish became less prolific as a goalscorer, though he remained a regular player.

After becoming player-manager on the retirement of Joe Fagan in the 1985 close season, Dalglish selected himself for just 21 First Division games in 1985–86 as Liverpool won the double, but he started the FA Cup final win over Everton. On the last day of the league season, his goal in a 1–0 away win over Chelsea gave Liverpool their 16th league title. Dalglish had a personally better campaign in the 1986–87 season, scoring six goals in 18 league appearances, but by then he was committed to giving younger players priority for a first-team place.

With the sale of Ian Rush to Juventus in 1987, Dalglish formed a new striker partnership of new signings John Aldridge and Peter Beardsley for the 1987–88 season, and he played only twice in a league campaign which saw Liverpool gain their 17th title. Dalglish did not play in Liverpool’s 1988–89 campaign, and he made his final league appearance on 5 May 1990 as a substitute against Derby. At 39, he was one of the oldest players ever to play for Liverpool. His final goal had come three years earlier, in a 3–0 home league win over Nottingham Forest on 18 April 1987.

International

Tommy Docherty gave Dalglish his debut for the Scottish national side as a substitute in the 1–0 Euro 1972 qualifier victory over Belgium on 10 November 1971 at Pittodrie. Dalglish scored his first goal for Scotland a year later on 15 November 1972 in the 2–0 World Cup qualifier win over Denmark at Hampden Park. Scotland eventually qualified and he went to the 1974 World Cup in West Germany, where they were eliminated during the group stages despite not losing any of their three games.

In 1976, Dalglish scored the winning goal for Scotland at Hampden Park against England, by nutmegging Ray Clemence. A year later Dalglish scored against the same opponents and goalkeeper at Wembley, in another 2–1 win. Dalglish went on to play in both the 1978 World Cup in Argentina – scoring against eventual runners-up the Netherlands in a famous 3–2 win – and the 1982 World Cup in Spain, scoring against New Zealand. On both occasions Scotland failed to get past the group stage. Dalglish was selected for the 22-man squad travelling to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, but had to withdraw due to injury.

In total, Dalglish played 102 times for Scotland (a national record) and he scored 30 goals (also a national record, which matched that set by Denis Law). His final appearance for Scotland, after 15 years as a full international, was on 12 November 1986 at Hampden Park in a Euro 1988 qualifying game against Luxembourg, which Scotland won 3–0. His 30th and final international goal had been two years earlier, on 14 November 1984, in a 3–1 win over Spain in a World Cup qualifier, also at Hampden Park.

Managerial Career

Liverpool

After the Heysel Stadium disaster in 1985 and Joe Fagan’s subsequent resignation as manager, Dalglish became player-manager of Liverpool. In his first season in charge in 1985–86, he guided the club to its first “double”. Liverpool achieved this by winning the League Championship by two points over Everton (Dalglish himself scored the winner in a 1–0 victory over Chelsea at Stamford Bridge to secure the title on the final day of the season), and the FA Cup by beating Everton in the final.

The 1986–87 season was trophyless for Liverpool. They lost 2–1 to Arsenal in the League Cup final at Wembley. Before the 1987–88 season, Dalglish signed two new players: striker Peter Beardsley from Newcastle and winger John Barnes from Watford. He had already purchased goalscorer John Aldridge from Oxford United (a replacement for Ian Rush, who was moving to Italy) in the spring of 1987 and early into the new campaign, bought Oxford United midfielder Ray Houghton. The new-look Liverpool side shaped by Dalglish topped the league for almost the entire season, and had a run of 37 matches unbeaten in all competitions (including 29 in the league; 22 wins and 7 draws) from the beginning of the season to 21 February 1988, when they lost to Everton in the league. Liverpool were crowned champions with four games left to play, having suffered just two defeats from 40 games. However, Dalglish’s side lost the 1988 FA Cup Final to underdogs Wimbledon.

In the summer of 1988, Dalglish re-signed Ian Rush. Liverpool beat Everton 3–2 after extra time in the second all-Merseyside FA Cup final in 1989, but was deprived of a second Double in the final game of the season, when Arsenal secured a last-minute goal to take the title from Liverpool. In the 1989–90 season Liverpool won their third league title under Dalglish. They missed out on the Double and a third successive FA Cup final appearance when they lost 4–3 in extra-time to Crystal Palace in an FA Cup semi-final at Villa Park. At the end of the season Dalglish received his third Manager of the Year award. Dalglish resigned as manager of Liverpool on 22 February 1991, two days after a 4–4 draw with rivals Everton in an FA Cup fifth round tie at Goodison Park, in which Liverpool surrendered the lead four times. At the time of his resignation, the club were three points ahead in the league and still in contention for the FA Cup.

Hillsborough Disaster

Dalglish was the manager of Liverpool at the time of the Hillsborough disaster on 15 April 1989. The disaster claimed 94 lives on the day, with the final death toll reaching 96. Dalglish attended many funerals of the victims – including four in one day. – and his presence in the aftermath of the disaster has been described as “colossal and heroic“. Dalglish broke a twenty-year silence about the disaster in March 2009, expressing regret that the police and the FA did not consider delaying the kick-off of the match. During the Hillsborough Memorial Service on 15 April 2011, Liverpool MP Steve Rotherham announced he would submit an Early Day Motion to have Dalglish knighted, “not only for his outstanding playing and managerial career, but also the charity work he has done with his wife, Marina, for breast cancer support and what he did after Hillsborough. It is common knowledge it affected him deeply”.

Blackburn Rovers
Dalglish returned to management in October 1991, at Second Division Blackburn Rovers. By the turn of 1992 they were top of the Second Division, and then suffered a dip in form before recovering to qualify for the playoffs,[47] during which Dalglish led Blackburn into the new Premier League by beating Leicester City 1–0 in the Second Division Play-off final at Wembley. The resulting promotion meant that Blackburn were back in the top flight of English football for the first time since 1966.[48] In the 1992 close season, Dalglish signed Southampton’s Alan Shearer for a British record fee of £3.5 million.[49] Despite a serious injury which ruled Shearer out for half the season, Dalglish achieved fourth position with the team in the first year of the new Premier League. The following year, Dalglish failed in an attempt to sign Roy Keane.[50] Blackburn finished two positions higher the following season, as runners-up to Manchester United. By this time, Dalglish had added England internationals Tim Flowers and David Batty to his squad.[citation needed]

At the start of the 1994–95 season Dalglish paid a record £5 million for Chris Sutton, with whom Shearer formed an effective strike partnership. By the last game of the season, both Blackburn and Manchester United were in contention for the title. Blackburn had to travel to Liverpool, and Manchester United faced West Ham United in London. Blackburn lost 2–1, but still won the title since United failed to win in London. The title meant that Dalglish was only the fourth football manager in history to lead two different clubs to top-flight league championships in England, after Tom Watson, Herbert Chapman and Brian Clough. Dalglish became Director of Football at Blackburn in June 1995. He left the club at the end of the 1995–96 season after a disappointing campaign under his replacement, Ray Harford.[citation needed]

Following his departure from Blackburn Dalglish was appointed for a brief spell as an “international talent scout” at his boyhood club Rangers.[51][52] He was reported as having played a central role in the signing of Chile international Sebastián Rozental.[53]

Newcastle United

In January 1997, Dalglish was appointed manager of Premier League side Newcastle United on a three-and-a-half-year contract, taking over from Kevin Keegan. Dalglish guided the club from fourth position to a runner-up spot in May and a place in the new format of the following season’s UEFA Champions League. He then broke up the team which had finished second two years running, selling popular players like Peter Beardsley, Lee Clark, Les Ferdinand and David Ginola and replacing them with ageing stars like John Barnes (34), Ian Rush (36) and Stuart Pearce (35), as well as virtual unknowns like Des Hamilton and Garry Brady. He also made some good long-term signings like Gary Speed and Shay Given. The 1997–98 campaign saw Newcastle finish in only 13th place and, despite Dalglish achieving some notable successes during the season (including a 3–2 UEFA Champions League win over Barcelona and an FA Cup final appearance against Arsenal), he was dismissed by Freddie Shepherd after two draws in the opening two games of the subsequent 1998–99 season, and replaced by former Chelsea manager Ruud Gullit. One commentator from The Independent has since written, “His 20 months at Newcastle United are the only part of Kenny Dalglish’s career that came anywhere near failure”.

Celtic

In June 1999 he was appointed director of football operations at Celtic, with his former Liverpool player John Barnes appointed as head coach. Barnes was dismissed in February 2000 and Dalglish took charge of the first team on an interim basis. He guided them to the Scottish League Cup final, where they beat Aberdeen 2–0 at Hampden Park. Dalglish was dismissed in June 2000, after the appointment of Martin O’Neill as manager. After a brief legal battle, Dalglish accepted a settlement of £600,000 from Celtic.

Return to Liverpool

Dalglish managing Liverpool in 2011

In April 2009 Liverpool manager Rafael Benítez invited Dalglish to take up a role at the club’s youth academy. The appointment was confirmed in July 2009, and Dalglish was also made the club’s ambassador. Following Benítez’s departure from Liverpool in June 2010, Dalglish was asked to help find a replacement, and in July Fulham’s Roy Hodgson was appointed manager.

A poor run of results at the start of the 2010–11 season led to Liverpool fans calling for Dalglish’s return as manager as early as October 2010, and with no subsequent improvement in Liverpool’s results up to the end of the year (during which time the club was bought by New England Sports Ventures), Hodgson left Liverpool and Dalglish was appointed caretaker manager on 8 January 2011. Dalglish’s first game in charge was on 9 January 2011 at Old Trafford against Manchester United in the 3rd round of the FA Cup, which Liverpool lost 1–0. Dalglish’s first league game in charge was against Blackpool on 12 January 2011; Liverpool lost 2–1. After the game, Dalglish admitted that Liverpool faced “a big challenge”.

Shortly after his appointment, Dalglish indicated he would like the job on a permanent basis if it was offered to him, and on 19 January the Liverpool chairman Tom Werner stated that the club’s owners would favour this option. On 22 January 2011, Dalglish led Liverpool to their first win since his return, against Wolves at Molineux. After signing Andy Carroll from Newcastle for a British record transfer fee of £35 million and Luis Suárez from Ajax for £22.8 million at the end of January (in the wake of Fernando Torres’s sale to Chelsea for £50 million), some journalists noted that Dalglish had begun to assert his authority at the club. Following a 1–0 victory against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge in February 2011, described by Alan Smith as “a quite brilliant display in terms of discipline and spirit” and a “defensive masterplan” by David Pleat, Henry Winter wrote, “it can only be a matter of time before he [Dalglish] is confirmed as long-term manager”.

Kenny Dalglish managing Liverpool in 2011

On 12 May 2011, Liverpool announced that Dalglish had been given a three-year contract. His first official match in charge was 2–0 defeat to Harry Redknapp’s Spurs at Anfield. Dalglish’s second stint in charge at Anfield proved controversial at times. The Scot defended Luis Suárez in the wake of the striker’s eight-match ban for racially abusing Manchester United defender Patrice Evra when the teams met in October 2011. After the Uruguayan’s apparent refusal to shake Evra’s hand in the return fixture in February 2012, an apology from both player and manager came only after the intervention of the owners.

In February 2012, Dalglish led Liverpool to their first trophy in six years, with victory in the 2011–12 Football League Cup.[80] In the same season he also led Liverpool to the 2012 FA Cup Final where they lost 2–1 to Chelsea. Despite the success in domestic cups, Liverpool finished eighth in the league, their worst showing in the league since 1994, failing to qualify for Europe’s Champions League for a third straight season. Following the end of the season, Liverpool dismissed Dalglish on 16 May 2012.

In October 2013, Dalglish returned to Liverpool as a non-executive director.

On 13 October 2017, Anfield’s Centenary Stand was officially renamed the Kenny Dalglish Stand in recognition of his unique contribution to the club.

Personal Life

Dalglish has been married to Marina since 26 November 1974. The couple have four children, Kelly, Paul, Lynsey and Lauren. Kelly has worked as a football presenter for BBC Radio 5 Live and Sky Sports.[86] Paul followed in his father’s footsteps as a footballer, playing in the Premier League and Scottish Premiership before traveling to the United States to play for the Houston Dynamo in Major League Soccer. He retired in 2008 and became a coach, spending time as head coach of Ottawa Fury FC and Miami FC in the second-division leagues of North America. Dalglish’s wife Marina was diagnosed with breast cancer in March 2003, but was treated at Aintree University Hospital in Liverpool and recovered. She later launched a charity to fund new cancer treatment equipment for UK hospitals.

Dalglish was appointed a Member of the Order of the British Empire (MBE) in the 1985 New Year Honours for services to football. He was appointed a Knight Bachelor in the 2018 Birthday Honours for services to football, charity and the City of Liverpool.

Dalglish in 2010

Charitable Work

In 2004, Dalglish and his wife founded the charity The Marina Dalglish Appeal to raise money to help treat cancer. Dalglish has participated in a number of events to raise money for the charity, including a replay of the 1986 FA Cup Final. In June 2007 a Centre for Oncology at Aintree University Hospital was opened, after the charity had raised £1.5 million. Dalglish often competes in the annual Gary Player Invitational Tournament, a charity golfing event which raises money for children’s causes around the world. On 1 July 2011, Dalglish was awarded an honorary degree by the University of Ulster, for services to football and charity.

Career Statistics

Club

Appearances and goals by club, season and competition

International Appearances

International Goals

Scores and results list Scotland’s goal tally first.

Managerial Record

Managerial record by team and tenure

Honours

Playing

Celtic

  • Scottish Division One/Premier Division: 1971–72, 1972–73, 1973–74, 1976–77
  • Scottish Cup: 1971–72, 1973–74, 1974–75, 1976–77
  • Scottish League Cup: 1974–75

Liverpool

  • Football League First Division: 1978–79, 1979–80, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84, 1985–86
  • FA Cup: 1985–86
  • Football League Cup: 1980–81, 1981–82, 1982–83, 1983–84
  • FA Charity Shield: 1977 (shared), 1979, 1980, 1982, 1986 (shared)
  • European Cup: 1977–78, 1980–81, 1983–84
  • European Super Cup: 1977

Individual

  • Ballon d’Or runner-up: 1983
  • IOC European Footballer of the Season: 1977–78
  • PFA Players’ Player of the Year: 1982–83
  • FWA Footballer of the Year: 1978–79, 1982–83
  • English Football Hall of Fame (Player): 2002
  • Scottish Football Hall of Fame: 2004
  • FIFA 100: 2004
  • European Hall of Fame (Player): 2008

Manager

Liverpool

  • Football League First Division: 1985–86, 1987–88, 1989–90
  • FA Cup: 1985–86, 1988–89
  • Football League Cup: 2011–12
  • Football League Super Cup: 1986–87
  • FA Charity Shield: 1986 (shared), 1988, 1989 1990 (shared)

Blackburn Rovers

  • Premier League: 1994–95
  • Football League Second Division play-offs: 1992

Celtic

  • Scottish League Cup: 1999–2000

Individual

  • FWA Tribute Award: 1987
  • Premier League Manager of the Season: 1994–95
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: January 1994, November 1994

Orders

  • Member of the Order of the British Empire: 1985
  • Knight Bachelor: 2018

Kenny Dalglish – Manager Profile

Profile

Kenny Dalglish’s Liverpool love affair first began in August 1966 when a 15-year-old Glaswegian travelled south of the border for a trial at Anfield in front of the legendary Bill Shankly.

Although the young forward’s first journey to Merseyside came to nothing, 11 years and 167 Celtic goals later, he was finally recruited by the Reds to replace a club legend in the form of the departing Kevin Keegan.

Dalglish slipped seamlessly into Paisley’s all-conquering red machine and the new King of the Kop crowned his first season by topping the club’s goalscoring charts and netting the winner in a European Cup final.

But that proved to be just the start of an incredible playing career that would make him an Anfield icon.

With the ball at his feet, he was a pure genius – a contention backed up by footage of just about every one of his 172 Liverpool goals. Everyone has their own particular favourite but the one common denominator in all the above was the famous Kenny celebration: a quick turn with arms aloft and a beaming smile as wide as the Mersey.

As Dalglish neared the end of his playing days, it appeared impossible for the Scot to improve his standing among Kopites. But that he went on to do, just two spells as manager says all you need to know about the man they still call King Kenny.

His impact on the playing field had been nothing short of sensational but, in the aftermath of the Heysel Stadium tragedy, the club hoped he could reproduce his genius in the dugout.

It was a big ask for someone who was just 34 years old, but then Dalglish was not your average man.

That said, the Scot’s first campaign got off to an inauspicious start and, after a 2-0 defeat to Everton at Anfield in late February, the Reds were left eight points behind the league-leading Toffees with as many games to go.

But a team hewn in Dalglish’s image did not give up easily, and embarked on a remarkable unbeaten run to end the season as league champions and FA Cup winners, with both victories coming at the expense of their neighbours.

King Kenny built on that success by assembling one of the most entertaining teams ever to grace Anfield, with two further league titles and another FA Cup subsequently added to his honours list before he stepped down in 1991. A second spell between 2011 and 2012 also brought the League Cup winner’s medal that had previously eluded him as a boss.

Regardless of his footballing achievements, it is arguably Dalglish’s dignified conduct in the aftermath of the Hillsborough Disaster that is his greatest legacy and sees him widely regarded as a legend of the city of Liverpool, not just the club that bears its name.

Liverpool manager Kenny Dalglish through the years: In Pictures

The early years: Kenny Dalglish arrived at Anfield from Celtic in August 1977 after Bob Paisley paid £440,000 for the Scot. The forward won four league titles and four Scottish Cups during his time at Celtic. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Little boots to fill: Dalglish joined Liverpool as a replacement for Kevin Keegan (left) who left for Hamburg. Picture: PA
Dream start: a week after making his debut against Manchester United in the Charity Shield at Wembley Stadium, Dalglish took just seven minutes before scoring in his league debut against Middlesbrough. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
This glittering prize: Dalglish scored the only goal of the game in the 1978 European Cup final at Wembley as Bob Paisley’s Liverpool side retained their title following their 1-0 defeat of Belgium’s Club Bruges. Picture: PA
International honours: the Scot earned 102 international caps during which time he scored 30 goals. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Paris match: Dalglish picked up a second European Cup in 1981 after Liverpool beat Real Madrid in Paris. Picture: GHETTY IMAGES
Familiar sight: Dalglish won five titles during his playing career at Anfield – in 1979, 1980, 1982, 1983, 1984. Picture: REX FEATURES
Leading by example: after taking over from Joe Fagan following the Heysel disaster he led Liverpool to the Double in 1986 and scored the goal to clinch their 16th league title against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Picture: PA
Worth the wait: Liverpool won the FA Cup after beating Everton 3-1. The club hadn’t won the Cup since 1974. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Centre stage: Tommy Docherty (left) and Alex Ferguson (right) turned out for Dalglish’s testimonal at Hampden Park in 1986. Picture: REX FEATURES
Darkest hour: Dalglish was managing Liverpool when disaster struck at Hillsborough in April 1989. Picture: GETTY IMAGES
Unconditional support: both Dalglish and his wife, Marina (left), attended many of the funerals following the tragedy that saw 96 Liverpool supporters killed in the Leppings Lane end of Sheffield Wednesday’s ground. Picture: PA

Jürgen Klopp

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Jurgen Klopp has just been named Top Coach in the world at the FIFA Football Awards! 2018-2019 Season

The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award finalist Jurgen Klopp

23 Sep 2019

MILAN, ITALY – SEPTEMBER 23: The Best FIFA Men’s Coach Award finalist Jurgen Klopp poses for a portrait in the photo booth prior to The Best FIFA Football Awards 2019 at Excelsior Hotel Gallia on September 23, 2019 in Milan, Italy. (Photo by Michael Regan – FIFA/FIFA via Getty Images)

Jurgen Klopp has just been named Top Coach in the world at the FIFA Football Awards! 23 Sept. 2019
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Jürgen Norbert Klopp (German pronunciation: [ˈjʏɐ̯ɡn̩ ˈklɔp] (About this soundlisten); born 16 June 1967) is a German professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Premier League club Liverpool. Often credited with popularising the football philosophy known as Gegenpressing, Klopp is regarded by many as one of the best managers in the world.

As a player, Klopp spent the majority of his career at Mainz 05 in the second tier of German football after signing for the club in 1990. A hard-working and physical player, he was initially deployed as a striker, before converting to play as a defender for the rest of his career. Upon his retirement in 2001, Klopp became the club’s manager, leading them to promotion to the Bundesliga in 2004. After suffering relegation in the 2006–07 season and being unable to achieve promotion the following campaign, Klopp resigned at Mainz in 2008, departing as the club’s longest-serving manager.

Klopp then became manager of Borussia Dortmund, guiding them to the Bundesliga title in 2010–11. The next season Klopp guided Dortmund to their first ever domestic double. In 2013, he guided Dortmund to the UEFA Champions League Final, where they lost 2–1 to Bayern Munich. He left Dortmund in 2015 as their longest-serving manager.

Klopp was appointed manager of Liverpool two months into the 2015–16 season and led them to the finals of that season’s EFL Cup and UEFA Europa League, although they finished runners-up in both competitions. Liverpool finished fourth in the league in his first two full seasons in charge. He guided the club to successive UEFA Champions League Finals in 2018 and 2019, with the club winning the 2019 Final. He also led Liverpool to second in the 2018–19 Premier League with a record number of points in Europe’s top five leagues for a runner-up (97).

Early Life and Playing Career

Born in Stuttgart, the state capital of Baden-Württemberg, to Norbert Klopp, a travelling salesman and a former goalkeeper, Klopp grew up in the countryside in the Black Forest village of Glatten near Freudenstadt with two older sisters. He started playing for local club SV Glatten and later TuS Ergenzingen as a junior player, with the next stint at 1. FC Pforzheim and then at three Frankfurt clubs, Eintracht Frankfurt II, Viktoria Sindlingen and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt during his adolescence.Introduced to football through his father, Klopp was a supporter of VfB Stuttgart in his youth. As a young boy, Klopp aspired to become a doctor, but he did not believe he “was ever smart enough for a medical career”, saying “when they were handing out our A-Level certificates, my headmaster said to me, ‘I hope it works out with football, otherwise it’s not looking too good for you'”.

While playing as an amateur footballer, Klopp worked a number of part-time jobs including working at a local video rental store and loading heavy items onto lorries. In 1988, while attending the Goethe University of Frankfurt, as well as playing for Eintracht Frankfurt non-professionals, Klopp managed the Frankfurt D-Juniors. In the summer of 1990, Klopp was signed by Mainz 05. He spent most of his professional career in Mainz, from 1990 to 2001, with his attitude and commitment making him a fan-favourite. Originally a striker, Klopp began playing as a defender in 1995. That same year, Klopp obtained a diploma in sports science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt, writing his thesis about walking. He retired as Mainz 05’s record goal scorer, registering 56 goals in total,[9] including 52 league goals

Klopp confessed that as a player he felt more suited to a managerial role, describing himself saying “I had fourth-division feet and a first-division head”. Recalling his trial at Eintracht Frankfurt where he played alongside Andreas Möller, Klopp described how his 19-year-old self thought, “if that’s football, I’m playing a completely different game. He was world-class. I was not even class”. As a player, Klopp closely followed his manager’s methods on the training field as well as making weekly trips to Cologne to study under Erich Rutemöller to obtain his Football Coaching Licence.

Managerial Career

Mainz 05

2001–2008

Upon his retirement playing for Mainz 05, Klopp was appointed as the club’s manager on 27 February 2001 following the sacking of Eckhard Krautzun. The day after, Klopp took charge of their first match, which saw Mainz 05 secure a 1–0 home win over MSV Duisburg. Klopp went on to win six out of his first seven games in charge, eventually finishing in 14th place, avoiding relegation with one game to spare. In his first full season in charge in 2001–02, Klopp guided Mainz to finish 4th in the league as he implemented his favoured pressing and counter-pressing tactics, narrowly missing promotion. Mainz finished 4th in 2002–03, denied promotion again on the final day on goal difference. After two seasons of disappointment, Klopp led Mainz to a third place finish in the 2003–04 season, securing promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in the club’s history.

Despite having the smallest budget and the smallest stadium in the league, Mainz finished 11th in their first top-flight season in 2004–05. Klopp’s side finished 11th again in 2005–06 as well as securing qualification for the 2005–06 UEFA Cup, although they were knocked out in the first round by eventual champions Sevilla. At the end of the 2006–07 season, Mainz 05 were relegated, but Klopp chose to remain with the club. However, unable to achieve promotion the next year, Klopp resigned at the end of the 2007–08 season. He finished with a record of 109 wins, 78 draws and 83 losses.

Klopp with Mainz 05 in 2004

Borussia Dortmund

2008–2013

In May 2008, Klopp was approached to become the new manager of Borussia Dortmund. Despite having interest from German champions Bayern Munich, Klopp eventually signed a two-year contract at the club, which had finished in a disappointing 13th place under previous manager Thomas Doll. Klopp’s opening game as manager was on 9 August 2008 in a 3–1 DFB-Pokal victory away to Rot-Weiss Essen. In his first season, Klopp won his first trophy with the club after defeating German champions Bayern Munich to claim the 2008 German Supercup. He led the club to a sixth-place finish in his first season in charge. The next season Klopp secured European football as he led Dortmund to a fifth-place finish, despite having one of the youngest squads in the league.

Klopp at a press conference ahead of Dortmund’s title-winning 2010–11 season.

After losing 2–0 to Bayer Leverkusen on the opening day of the 2010–11 season, Klopp’s Dortmund side won fourteen of their next fifteen matches to secure the top spot in the league for Christmas. They clinched the 2010–11 Bundesliga, their seventh league title, with two games to spare on 30 April 2011, beating 1. FC Nürnberg 2–0 at home. Klopp’s side were the youngest ever side to win the Bundesliga. Klopp and his team successfully defended their title, winning the 2011–12 Bundesliga. Their total of 81 points that season was the greatest total points in Bundesliga history and the 47 points earned in the second half of the season also set a new record. Their 25 league wins equalled Bayern Munich’s record, while their 28-league match unbeaten run was the best ever recorded in a single German top-flight season. Dortmund lost the German Super Cup in 2011 against rivals Schalke 04. On 12 May 2012, Klopp sealed the club’s first ever domestic double, by defeating Bayern Munich 5–2 to win the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final, which he described as being “better than [he] could have imagined”.

Dortmund’s league form during the 2012–13 season was not as impressive as in the previous campaign, with Klopp insisting that his team would focus on the UEFA Champions League to make up for their disappointing run in that competition in the previous season. Klopp’s team were drawn against Manchester City, Real Madrid and Ajax in the competition’s group of death. However, they did not lose a game, topping the group with some impressive performances.Dortmund faced José Mourinho’s Real Madrid again, this time in the semi-finals. After an excellent result against them at home in the first leg, a 4–1 victory, a 2–0 loss meant Dortmund narrowly progressed to the final. On 23 April 2013, it was announced that Dortmund’s crucial playmaker Mario Götze was moving on 1 July 2013 to rivals Bayern Munich after they had triggered Götze’s release clause of €37 million. Klopp admitted his annoyance at the timing of the announcement of Götze’s move, as it was barely 36 hours before Dortmund’s Champions League semi-final with Real Madrid. Klopp later said that Dortmund had no chance of convincing Götze to stay with Dortmund, saying, “He is a Pep Guardiola favourite”. Dortmund lost the final 2–1 to Bayern Munich, with an 89th-minute goal from Arjen Robben. Dortmund finished in second place in the Bundesliga. They also lost the 2012 DFL-Supercup, and were knocked out of the DFB-Pokal in the round of 16.

2013–2015

At the beginning of the 2013–14 season, Klopp extended his contract until June 2018. Klopp received a fine of €10,000 on 17 March 2014 after getting sent off from a Bundesliga match against Borussia Mönchengladbach. The ejection was a result of “verbal attack” on the referee.[64] Deniz Aytekin, who was the referee, stated that Klopp’s behavior was “rude on more than one occasion”. Borussia Dortmund vorstand chairman Hans-Joachim Watzke stated that “I have to support Jürgen Klopp 100 percent in this case” because he saw no reason for a fine and denied that Klopp insulted the fourth official. Dortmund finished the 2013–14 season in second place.[65] On 4 January 2014 it was announced that Klopp’s star striker Robert Lewandowski signed a pre-contract agreement to join Bayern Munich at the end of the season, becoming the second key player after Götze to leave the club within a year.[66] Also during the 2013–14 season, Dortmund won the German Super Cup, but were knocked out of the Champions League in the quarter-finals by eventual champions Real Madrid.

Klopp left Dortmund at the end of the 2014–15 season.

Dortmund started the 2014–15 season by winning the German Super Cup. After a disappointing beginning of the season, Klopp announced in April that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014–15 season, saying “I really think the decision is the right one. This club deserves to be coached from the 100% right manager” as well as adding “I chose this time to announce it because in the last few years some player decisions were made late and there was no time to react”, referring to the departures of Götze and Lewandowski in the seasons prior. He denied speculation that he was tired of the role, saying, “It’s not that I’m tired, I’ve not had contact with another club but don’t plan to take a sabbatical”. Confronted with the thesis that Dortmund’s form immediately improved after the announcement, he joked, “If I’d known, I would have announced it at the beginning of the season”. His final match in charge of the team was the 2015 DFB-Pokal Final, which Dortmund lost 3–1 against VfL Wolfsburg. Dortmund finished in the league in seventh place and were knocked out of Champions League in the round of 16 by Juventus. He finished with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.

Liverpool

2015–2018

On 8 October 2015, Klopp agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager, replacing Brendan Rodgers. According to El País, Liverpool co-owner John W. Henry didn’t trust public opinion so he looked for a mathematical method very similar to Moneyball, the approach that Henry used for the Boston Red Sox (in guiding them to three World Series wins) which he also owns via Fenway Sports Group. The mathematical model turned out to be that of Cambridge physicist Ian Graham, which was used to select the manager (Klopp) and players essential for Liverpool to win the UEFA Champions League. In his first press conference, Klopp described his new side saying “it is not a normal club, it is a special club. I had two very special clubs with Mainz and Dortmund. It is the perfect next step for me to be here and try and help” and stating his intention to deliver trophies within four years. During his first conference, Klopp dubbed himself ‘The Normal One’ in a parody of José Mourinho’s famous ‘The Special One’ statement in 2004. His debut was a 0–0 away draw with Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October 2015. On 28 October 2015, Klopp secured his first win as Liverpool manager against Bournemouth in the League Cup to proceed to the quarter-finals. His first Premier League win came three days later, a 3–1 away victory against Chelsea. After three 1–1 draws in the opening matches of the UEFA Europa League, Liverpool defeated Rubin Kazan 1–0 in Klopp’s first win in Europe as a Liverpool manager. On 6 February 2016, he missed a league match to have an appendectomy after suffering suspected appendicitis.

Klopp after winning against Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2016–17 season to secure fourth in the league.

On 28 February 2016, Liverpool lost the 2016 League Cup Final at Wembley to Manchester City on penalties. On 17 March 2016, Klopp’s Liverpool progressed to the quarter-final of the UEFA Europa League by defeating Manchester United 3–1 on aggregate. On 14 April 2016, Liverpool fought back from a 3–1 second half deficit in the second leg of their quarter-final match against his former club, Borussia Dortmund, to win 4–3, advancing to the semi-finals 5–4 on aggregate. On 5 May 2016, Klopp guided Liverpool to their first European final since 2007 by beating Villarreal 3–1 on aggregate in the semi-finals of the UEFA Europa League. In the final, Liverpool faced Sevilla, losing 1–3 with Daniel Sturridge scoring the opening goal for Liverpool in the first half. Liverpool finished the 2015–16 season in eighth place.

On 8 July 2016, Klopp and his coaching staff signed six-year extensions to their deals keeping them at Liverpool until 2022. Liverpool qualified for the Champions League for the first time since 2014–15 on 21 May 2017, after winning 3–0 at home against Middlesbrough and placing fourth in the 2016–17 Premier League season. Klopp guided Liverpool to their first UEFA Champions League Final since 2007 in 2018 after a 5–1 aggregate quarter-final win against the eventual Premier League champions, Manchester City and 7–6 aggregate win over Roma in the semi-final. However, Liverpool went on to lose in the final 3–1 to Real Madrid. This was Klopp’s sixth defeat in seven major finals. Despite their attacking prowess, Klopp’s side had been criticised for their relatively high number of goals conceded, something which Klopp sought to improve by signing defender Virgil van Dijk in the January transfer window, for a reported fee of £75 million, a world record transfer fee for a defender. Klopp’s side finished fourth in the 2017–18 Premier League, securing qualification for the Champions League for a second consecutive season. Along with the emergence of Andy Robertson and Trent Alexander-Arnold as regular starters at fullback, Van Dijk and Dejan Lovren built a strong partnership at the heart of Liverpool’s defence, with the Dutchman being credited for improving Liverpool’s previous defensive issues.

2018–19 Season

In the summer transfer window, Klopp made a number of high profile signings including midfielders Naby Keïta and Fabinho, forward Xherdan Shaqiri and goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Liverpool started the 2018–19 season with their best league start in the club’s 126 year history, winning all of their first six matches. On 2 December 2018, Klopp was charged with misconduct after running onto the pitch during the Merseyside Derby to celebrate Divock Origi’s 96th minute winning goal with goalkeeper Alisson Becker. Following a 2–0 win against Wolverhampton Wanderers (Wolves), Liverpool ended Christmas Day four points clear at the top of the Premier League. A 4–0 win against Newcastle United on Boxing Day saw Klopp’s side extend their lead in the league to six points at the half-way point of the season, as well as becoming only the fourth Premier League team to be unbeaten at this stage. It was Klopp’s 100th win as Liverpool manager in 181 matches. Klopp’s defensive additions proved to be effective as his side equalled the all-time record for the fewest goals conceded at this stage of a top-flight season, conceding just 7 goals and keeping 12 clean sheets in 19 matches.

On 29 December 2018, Klopp’s side thrashed Arsenal 5–1 at Anfield, extending their unbeaten home run in the league to 31 matches, their joint-longest ever unbeaten home run in the competition. The result also saw them move nine points clear at the top of the league, and meant Liverpool won all 8 out of their 8 matches played in December. Klopp subsequently received the Premier League Manager of the Month award for December 2018. Klopp’s side finished the season as runners-up to Manchester City, to whom they suffered their only league defeat of the season. Winning all of their last nine matches, Klopp’s Liverpool scored 97 points, the third-highest total in the history of the English top-division and the most points scored by a team without winning the title, and remained unbeaten at home for the second season running. Their thirty league wins matched the club record for wins in a season. Success eluded Klopp’s Liverpool side in both domestic club competitions in 2018–19. On 26 September 2018, Klopp’s side were knocked out in the third round of the League Cup after losing 2–1 to Chelsea, their first defeat of the season in all competitions. Liverpool were knocked out of the FA Cup after losing 2–1 to Wolves in the third round.

In the 2018–19 UEFA Champions League, Klopp’s side finished second in their group by virtue of goals scored to qualify for the knockout phase after winning 1–0 against Napoli. Klopp’s side were matched against German champions Bayern Munich in the round of 16. A scoreless draw in the first leg, followed by 3–1 victory in the second leg at the Allianz Arena saw Liverpool qualify for the quarter-finals. Liverpool won their quarter-final tie against Porto with an aggregate score of 6–1, winning 2–0 in the first leg at home and 4–1 away at the Estádio do Dragão. In the semi-finals, Klopp’s Liverpool faced tournament favourites Barcelona. After suffering a 3–0 defeat at the Nou Camp, Klopp reportedly asked his players to “just try” or “fail in the most beautiful way” in the second leg of the tie at Anfield. In the second leg, Klopp’s side overturned the deficit with a 4–0 win, advancing to the final 4–3 on aggregate, despite Salah and Firmino being absent with injuries, in what was described as one of the greatest comebacks in Champions League history. In the final at Wanda Metropolitano stadium in Madrid against Tottenham Liverpool won 2–0 with goals from Mohamed Salah and Origi, giving Klopp his first trophy with Liverpool and also his first Champions League title which was the club’s sixth overall.

Road to UEFA Champions League Final 2019 in Madrid

Liverpool Squad 2018-2019 Season

English Premier League Table 2018-2019 Season

Amazing Season for the Liverpool Team although finished as Runner-up

Manager Profile

Tactics

Klopp is a notable proponent of Gegenpressing, a tactic in which the team, after losing possession of the ball, immediately attempts to win back possession, rather than falling back to regroup. Klopp has stated that a well-executed counter-pressing system can be more effective than any playmaker when it comes to creating chances. Commenting on his pressing tactics, Klopp said that “The best moment to win the ball is immediately after your team just lost it. The opponent is still looking for orientation where to pass the ball. He will have taken his eyes off the game to make his tackle or interception and he will have expended energy. Both make him vulnerable”. The tactic requires great amounts of speed, organisation and stamina, with the idea of regaining possession of the ball as far up the pitch as possible in order to counter possible counter-attacks. It also requires high levels of discipline: The team must be compact to close down spaces for the opponent to thread passes through, and must learn when to stop pressing to avoid exhaustion and protect from long balls passed into the space behind the pressing defence. Despite Klopp’s pressing tactics resulting in a high attacking output, his Liverpool side were criticised at times for their inability to control games and keep clean sheets. However, Klopp developed his tactics to incorporate more possession based football and more midfield organisation, as well as overseeing the transfers of Alisson, Van Dijk, Keïta and Fabinho ahead of the 2018–19 season which saw Liverpool achieve their best league start in the club’s history, and equal the all-time record for the fewest goals conceded at the mid-point of a top-flight season, conceding just 7 goals and keeping 12 clean sheets.

One of Klopp’s main influences is Italian coach Arrigo Sacchi, whose ideas about the closing down of space in defence and the use of zones and reference points inspired the basis of Klopp’s counter-pressing tactics, as well Wolfgang Frank, his former coach during his time as a player for Mainz from 1995–97 and then 1998–2000. Klopp himself said “I’ve never met Sacchi, but I learned everything I am as a coach from him and my former coach [Frank], who took it from Sacchi”.

The importance of emotion is something Klopp has underlined throughout his managerial career, saying “Tactical things are so important, you cannot win without tactical things, but the emotion makes the difference”. He believes that the players should embrace their emotions, describing how “[football is] the only sport where emotion has this big of an influence”. Ahead of the Merseyside Derby in 2016, Klopp said “The best football is always about expression of emotion”.

“If you win the ball back high up the pitch and you are close to the goal, it is only one pass away a really good opportunity most of the time. No playmaker in the world can be as good as a good counter-pressing situation.”
—Klopp explaining his belief in the effectiveness of Gegenpressing in creating chances.

In his first two full seasons at Liverpool, Klopp almost exclusively employed a 4–3–3 formation, utilising a front three of wingers Mohamed Salah and Sadio Mané surrounding false-9 Roberto Firmino, supported by Philippe Coutinho in midfield. The foursome earned the moniker of the ‘Fab Four’ as they supplied the majority of the team’s goals over this period of time. Firmino’s exceptionally high number of tackles for a striker under Klopp’s management encapsulates his style of play, demanding a high-press from all his players and having his striker defend from the front. Following Coutinho’s departure in January 2018, the remaining front three increased their attacking output and continued to create chances as Salah won the Premier League Golden Boot in 2018, before sharing the award with his team-mate, Mané, in 2019. In the early part of the 2018–19 season Klopp, at times, utilised the 4–2–3–1 formation, which he had previously used at Dortmund. While this was partially to account for a number of injuries to key players, it also allowed Klopp to accommodate new signing Xherdan Shaqiri, playing Firmino in a more creative role and allowing Salah to play in a more central offensive position. However, for the remainder of the season, the 4–3–3 formation, as with the previous two seasons, became Klopp’s preferred setup as his side finished as runners-up in the Premier League and reached a second-consecutive Champions League final, where Klopp won his first Champions League title as a manager.

Reception

Klopp is often credited with pioneering the resurgence of Gegenpressing in modern football, and is regarded by fellow professional managers and players as one of the best managers in the world. In 2016, Guardiola suggested that Klopp could be “the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack”. As well receiving plaudits for his tactics, Klopp is also highly regarded as a motivator, with striker Roberto Firmino saying “He motivates us in a different way every day”, and being praised by Guardiola as a “huge motivator”. Klopp has also received praise for building competitive teams without spending as much as many direct rivals, placing emphasis on sustainability.

Klopp has gained notoriety for his enthusiastic touchline celebrations, although received criticism in 2018 for taking things ‘too far’ when running to on to the pitch to embrace Alisson Becker in celebrating an added time winner in the Merseyside Derby. Pep Guardiola spoke in defence of Klopp, saying “I did it against Southampton. There are a lot of emotions there in those moments”.

“Maybe Klopp is the best manager in the world at creating teams who attack […] I don’t think there is another team in the world attacking in this way with so many players capable of launching moves in an instant. […] When Klopp speaks about his football being heavy metal, I understand completely. It is so aggressive. For the fans it is really good.”
—Pep Guardiola speaking about Klopp, who remains the only manager with a positive head-to-head record against the Spaniard, in 2016.

Outside Football

Personal Life

Klopp has been married twice. He was previously wedded to Sabine and they have a son, Marc (born 1988), who has played for a number of German clubs including FSV Frankfurt under-19s, KSV Klein-Karben, SV Darmstadt 98, Borussia Dortmund II and the Kreisliga side VfL Kemminghausen 1925. On 5 December 2005, Klopp married social worker and children’s writer Ulla Sandrock. They met at a pub during an Oktoberfest celebration that same year. She has a son, Dennis, from a previous marriage. Klopp is a Protestant Christian who has referred to his faith in public, citing the importance of Jesus in his life in a media interview.

In an interview for The Guardian in April 2018, Klopp expressed his opposition to Brexit. Politically, Klopp considers himself left-wing, stating: “I’m on the left, of course. More left than middle. I believe in the welfare state. I’m not privately insured. I would never vote for a party because they promised to lower the top tax rate. My political understanding is this: if I am doing well, I want others to do well, too. If there’s something I will never do in my life it is vote for the right”.

Media Career

In 2005, Klopp was a regular expert commentator on the German television network ZDF, analysing the Germany national team. He worked as a match analyst during the 2006 World Cup, for which he received the Deutscher Fernsehpreis for “Best Sports Show” in October 2006, as well as Euro 2008. Klopp’s term came to an end after the latter competition and he was succeeded by Oliver Kahn. During the 2010 World Cup, Klopp worked with RTL alongside Günther Jauch,[180] for which Klopp again won the award for the same category. Klopp has also appeared in the documentary films Trainer! (2013) and Und vorne hilft der liebe Gott (2016).

Endorsements

Klopp’s popularity is used in advertisements by, among others, Puma, Opel and the German cooperative banking group Volksbanken-Raiffeisenbanken. According to Horizont, trade magazine for the German advertising industry, and the business weekly Wirtschaftswoche, Klopp’s role as “brand ambassador” for Opel successfully helped the struggling carmaker to increase sales. He is also an ambassador for the German anti-racism campaign “Respekt! Kein Platz für Rassismus” (“Respect! No room for racism”).

Klopp’s signature.

Career Statistics

Club

a. All appearances in DFB-Pokal.
b. Appearances in Aufstiegsrunde 2. Bundesliga (Promotion play-offs).
c. Appearances in the 2. Bundesliga Süd as the league was split into a ‘North’ and ‘South’ due to the merging of clubs from former East Germany.

Managerial Statistics

Managerial Record

As of match played 1 June 2019

Performance Timeline

As of match played 1 June 2019

Honours

Manager

Mainz 05

2 Bundesliga third-place promotion: 2003–04

Borussia Dortmund

  • Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
  • DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
  • DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
  • UEFA Champions League runner-up: 2012–13

Liverpool

  • UEFA Champions League: 2018–2019; Runner-up: 2017–2018
  • Football League Cup runner-up: 2015–2016
  • UEFA Europa League runner-up: 2015–2016

Individual

  • German Football Manager of the Year: 2011, 2012
  • Premier League Manager of the Month: September 2016, December 2018, March 2019
  • Deutscher Fernsehpreis (German Television Award): 2006, 2010
  • Mainzer Medienpreis (Mainz Media Award): 2018
Klopp (second from left), Hans-Joachim Watzke, Michael Zorc and Gerd Pieper celebrate winning the Bundesliga in 2011.