From doubter to believer was one of Jurgen Klopp’s first profound quotes as the Liverpool manager. The first signs of this philosophy came from an unusual place; a 2-2 draw against West Brom would be mocked on social media after celebrations with fans. But, this was just the start.
We then saw Dejan Lovren head past Roman Weidenfeller to see the Reds past Dortmund in stoppage time of the Europa League quarter-final. The Reds needed three goals after Reus had put Klopp’s former side 3-1 up in the 57th minute. Liverpool found a way – a trend which continues to frustrate opposition fans.
It has become almost customary for the current Liverpool side to overcome adversity. From last season’s Champions League semi-final to a late double at Villa Park. Klopp has built a team based on attitude; there’s no room for some of the prima donna actions of players at other clubs. It is constantly enforced how important everyone is at Liverpool Football Club; everyone plays their part. A togetherness which creates moments other teams cannot experience.
The values of the club are unrivalled, and envied by the rest of the Premier League – there are no supporters like Liverpool’s in the country. The closest comparisons for passion can only be found in the likes of Turkey amongst other places in Europe. Heroic coach welcomes, a home fortress, an intensity on the pitch driven by the Anfield crowd; no team wants to play here.
It is the glowing success which has caused so much bitterness. Joe Gomez is scratched on England duty by Raheem Sterling, Gomez is then booed by sections of the Wembley crowd. There are fans of clubs with no history against the Reds, but like to believe we are rivals. The sort of reaction which can only stem from an illogical way of thinking, underlying hate for the success which Liverpool are now enjoying.
Klopp has formed a thriving team which everyone realises is destined for greatness. The agendas have dried up; “Salah one-season wonder.”, “Klopp is a bottler.”, “van Dijk isn’t worth 75m.”
No matter how much class Klopp, the team and fans conduct themselves with, the bitterness will remain. The Reds performances over the past two seasons continue to answer questions, overcoming every obstacle in their way. Liverpool are the team everyone wants to be.