Will Liverpool manage to win the Europa League before Klopp leaves? Opinion

Will Liverpool manage to win the Europa League before Klopp leaves?

Will Liverpool manage to win the Europa League before Klopp leaves?

Since FSG appointed Jurgen Klopp as Liverpool manager in 2015, the only trophy the German has yet to add to his collection is the Europa League.

After announcing his decision in January, the 56-year-old will leave the club at the end of the season and fans are desperate to see Klopp lift as many trophies this season as possible.

The Reds have already won the Carabao Cup this season and hope to add the Europa League, FA Cup and Premier League to their haul.

It would mark an historic quadruple and while the Premier League is the main priority, it would be special to see Klopp lift the Europa League before he leaves.

The near miss in 2016

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Despite inheriting a weak squad with very little tactical identity, Klopp was able to transform his side into an energetic and unique force in Europe.

Liverpool really came to life for the first time that season when they beat Manchester United 3-1 on aggregate including that sumptuous dink from Philippe Coutinho.

The semi-finals against Borussia Dortmund, however, gave us a first glimpse into what Klopp would do with Liverpool in the next few years.

The Reds found themselves 4-2 down in the second half of the second leg before late goals from Philippe Coutinho and Mamadou Sakho brought the two sides level at 4-4.

In what was the first iconic moment of Jurgen Klopp's reign as Liverpool manager, Dejan Lovren leapt above the Dortmund defence to power a header home to make it 5-4 in the 91st minute and take the Reds to their first major European final since 2007.

Will Liverpool manage to win the Europa League before Klopp leaves?

It may have been eclipsed by the Barcelona comeback but this game will remain in the memories of Liverpool fans for a very, very long time as the first time we properly saw Jurgen's Mentality Monsters for the first time.

Liverpool can go full circle with Jurgen Klopp this season

In 2016, Liverpool also lost a League Cup final and after winning the Carabao Cup this season for the second time under Klopp, he has the chance to win the Europa League.

The group stage should have been a bit more straightforward but despite two defeats, Liverpool earned the highest number of points with 12.

The Reds have all but paved their way to the quarter-final after beating Sparta Prague 5-1 in the Round of 16 first leg.

While the teams Liverpool have faced so far have been below the level of Premier League teams for the most part, the latter stages of the tournament will be a lot more complicated.

This side knows how to win and more importantly, they know how to win when the odds are stacked against them. It's what has made watching them since 2018 so impressive.

So, will Liverpool win the Europa League?

Well, without being able to tell the future, it's difficult to predict any of the remaining teams having what it takes to beat this incredible Liverpool side.

That's without meaning any disrespect to the likes of Xabi Alonso's Bayer Leverkusen, who top the Bundesliga by a margin of 10 points.

This season, Liverpool have been simply unreal. Despite an absurd number of injuries, they've been able to churn out results with stunning regularity.

Take this weekend for example. Klopp's side dominated Manchester City, who have won the Premier League for three seasons in a row, despite several key absentees.

Will Liverpool manage to win the Europa League before Klopp leaves?

Trent Alexander-Arnold, Alisson Becker, Joel Matip, Ibrahima Konate and more were missing yet, Anfield witnessed a second half domination unlike anything we've seen from a side as depleted as Liverpool were.

That came just a couple weeks after 'Klopp's Kids' beat Chelsea in the Carabao Cup final.

Of course, anything can happen but from a Liverpool perspective, it feels as though the stars are aligning for the best possible end to Klopp's final season at Anfield.

The former Mainz manager has instilled an irrepressible mentality into his players that never seems to falter.

While Liverpool are playing wonderful football in the Premier League this season, their style of play is even better suited to winning knockout games.

As Jurgen Klopp prepares to bid farewell to Liverpool after nine years, his legacy has already been etched into the club's folklore. He can further enhance his legacy this season with more silverware but he's already done everything he needs to remain in the hearts of fans forever.

Regardless of the outcome of the Europa League final in Dublin, Klopp’s tenure at Liverpool will go down as one of the greatest ever from a Premier League manager.

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