Jurgen Klopp led Liverpool to their sixth Champions League title and the first Premier League title since 1992. The Reds slowly transitioned from a team competing in the Europa League to one that lifted the Champions League, and that took some doing.
Liverpool built its squad without a lot of big-name signings. Players like Virgil van Dijk, Alisson Becker, and Thiago arrived later to strengthen the squad. However, Klopp and Pepi's lenders made sure the squad was coached well by them.
In light of the current Liverpool team is one of the best in their rich history, here are the five best players of the Jürgen Klopp era.
Number 5 Sadio Mane
In the immediate summer following the German's arrival at Liverpool, Sadio Mane became Klopp's first major signing. And he has proven to be an important player ever since.
He has changed his game a bit since his dribbling and drive days. He is no longer the player you saw earlier in his career.
The former Southampton man’s passing coupled with his ability to tackle high up the pitch has been essential under Klopp. Together with Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino, Mane formed one of the most deadly trios in European football.
Mane has scored an incredible 100 goals in 225 appearances for Liverpool and even won the Golden Boot award in 2019 for his achievements. Although he had a difficult 2020-21 season for Liverpool where he looked off-color, he will go down as a legend for his achievements.
Number 4 Alisson Becker
Several fans and pundits firmly believe Alisson Becker's arrival helped Liverpool win the Champions League one year after he arrived, as well as the Premier League one year later.
The Brazilian has not only added security at the back, but he is also quite vocal. As he can see the bigger picture, he frequently instructs his backline.
Getting in behind the Liverpool defense isn’t impossible considering they play high to try and pin the opposition to win the ball high up. That’s where Alisson’s decision-making has come into the picture as well.
The Brazilian’s handling and shot-stopping are perhaps the best in the league, and Liverpool did not mind shelling out a record fee at the time for a goalkeeper.
Number 3 Jordan Henderson
Liverpool's captain Jordan Henderson might not appear flashy, but his tenacity and passing make him crucial to the way the Reds play.
As the oldest player in the current Liverpool squad, Henderson signed for the club over a decade ago and steadily evolved into a critical player for Klopp's side.
Henderson has perhaps set a new standard in terms of work ethic for midfielders in the Premier League as his relentless pressing has earned him a lot of plaudits.
When Liverpool’s first line of press fails, the midfield trio, led by Henderson, often gets the job done. The former Sunderland man’s passing has also improved manifold in recent seasons.
Having led Liverpool to their first Premier League title in three decades, Henderson is already a club legend.
Number 2 Virgil van Dijk
Virgil van Dijk's inclusion gave Liverpool's backline much more rigidity, adding to the club's most expensive signing.
The Dutchman came second to Lionel Messi in the Ballon d'Or race in 2019 after dazzling displays at both ends of the field. He would have become the first back-line defender to win the award since Fabio Cannavaro did in 2007.
Van Dijk’s presence at the back has added more meanness to the team. But his incredible ability to find his teammates with one raking diagonal pass is often underappreciated.
Van Dijk’s impact was notably visible in his first full season at the club as Liverpool conceded just 22 league goals in the 2018-19 season. They conceded 33 the following year but still went on to win the league.
Number 1 Mohamed Salah
Although Salah is a winger, fans are still amazed by his stunning productivity as he has been a consistent player since his signing in 2017.
Salah has won two Golden Boot awards with Liverpool and the Egyptian has been a crucial player for the Reds in their glory days.
When Liverpool signed Salah from AS Roma, there was a lot of skepticism owing to his previous spell in the Premier League with Chelsea.
However, Salah proved the doubters wrong with a record-breaking debut season at the club. The 29-year old 32 goals in 36 games over the 2017-18 season.
The most in a 38-game Premier League season. A lot of Liverpool’s success has been built on Salah as well as Sadio Mane’s impressive goal-scoring and pressing from the front.
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