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Klopp era ends in victory as Liverpool await Arne Slot

LIVERPOOL – Skeptics. Believers. Conquerors. Those three words on a banner at Anfield’s Kop End, each separated by a series of trophies, succinctly summed up Jurgen Klopp’s 8-and-a-half-year reign as Liverpool manager. As the curtain fell on his time at the helm, Klopp did his best to convince all the supporters inside the stadium after the 2-0 win over Wolves that nothing would change once he walked through the door . However, once the euphoria of his emotional goodbyes subsides, reality could be harsh.

Feyenoord manager Arne Slot has been chosen to fill the void left by Klopp, but the 45-year-old should probably avoid sitting down to watch how his predecessor’s final day at Anfield unfolds unless he doesn’t want to wake up in the middle of the night in a cold sweat, wondering what the hell he’s about to find himself in when he starts his new job.

Make no mistake: managing Liverpool is an incredible honour. This is one of the biggest clubs in the world, a team with a huge fanbase and a history that only Real Madrid can truly put in the shade. They boast a star-studded squad, led by Mohamed Salah, Virgil van Dijk, Trent Alexander-Arnold and Alisson Becker, and emerging talent in the form of Jarell Quansah, Curtis Jones and Harvey Elliott.

but here’s the catch. The fans are completely in love with Klopp because he made Liverpool great again, made them a club the best players wanted to play for again and handed out the biggest trophies. Slot has plenty of upside to look forward to when he walks into Klopp’s office and sits behind his desk, but if he saw and heard the adulation directed at Klopp before, during and after Sunday’s win, he might just to think that he took an impossible job. .

Few managers have the privilege of leaving on their own terms. Football is such a cutthroat business that even the best performers are fired when results plummet. Jose Mourinho (Chelsea) and Claudio Ranieri (Leicester) were fired within months of winning the Premier League title and Klopp hasn’t presented that trophy to Anfield since 2020. But because he rebuilt Liverpool and restored pride and the confidence of the club since his arrival. In October 2015, Klopp became perhaps the most popular manager of any club in the Premier League era.

For weeks now, ever since he announced his decision to step down from the role in January, Liverpool fans have been chanting Klopp’s name and also dreading this day. As the fan song says, “I’m in love with him and I’m feeling good,” even though it was the day it all ended. The banners – “Danke Jurgen”, “Jurgener Believers”, “Boss” – illustrated affection for the former Borussia Dortmund coach, as did the chants.

“Thank you for ignoring my request not to sing my song completely for the last six weeks,” Klopp said after the match, addressing the crowd from the center circle. “If you sing it next year, it would be funny.”

If Liverpool fans are chanting Klopp’s name next season, it probably won’t be funny for Slot. The new man needs everyone to get behind him – from the club’s players and staff to the supporters – just like they did Klopp, but the danger for Slot is that he will be judged alongside Klopp and this seems an unfair measuring tool. for any future Liverpool manager, as a coach and as a personality.

But Klopp did his best for his successor. When Sir Alex Ferguson retired after 27 glorious years in charge of Manchester United in 2013, he delivered a message to the club’s fans, saying: “The most important thing now is to support our new manager.” They were David Moyes, who was fired within 10 months; Since then, United have been chewing up and spitting out managers.

Will it be different at Anfield? Time will tell, but Slot can at least rest assured that he has the support and blessing of the outgoing coach. “The new manager, I want you to sing his name,” Klopp said. “Arne Slot, na na na na na!

“When the next season starts, go full throttle with the new manager. When you start, you keep believing. Don’t stop believing. I’ve seen a lot of people cry, me too, but change is a good thing if you go into it with the right attitude, everything will be fine.”

The fans chanted Slot’s name, just like Klopp said, but they quickly started chanting Klopp’s again. They wanted one last punch to the crowd, which he delivered, and he lingered on the field to make sure he absorbed every last bit of love and affection.

At this point in the proceedings, after full time, he had donned a red hoodie with “I’ll Never Walk Alone Again” on the back. He said he was now “one of you” when speaking to fans and insisted the future could be bright.

“It doesn’t feel like an end, it’s just a beginning,” Klopp said. “People told me I turned you from skeptics into believers. That’s not true. Believing is what you do yourself, you did it. Nobody tells you to stop to believe.

“This club is in a better time than it has been in a long time. We decide whether you believe or not, trust or not trust. Since today I am one of you and I believe in you.”

Supporters wept in the stands as Klopp gave his speech, then walked around the pitch before heading back up the tunnel for the final time, having soaked up the atmosphere and emotions on display for almost two full hours after the end of the match.

These 8 and a half years have been unforgettable, perhaps unsurpassable, but that is the task he entrusted to Arne Slot.

Good luck, Arné. You will really need it.

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