Top 7 Best Players of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Era After He Announced He Will Step Down

Top 7 Best Players of Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool Era After He Announced He Will Step Down

Elijah Odetokun
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • Jurgen Klopp shockingly announced he will step down as Liverpool manager
  • The German has been in charge of the Merseyside club since September 2015
  • He won all possible trophies for the club, including their first Premier League

Jurgen Klopp will leave Liverpool at the end of the season after making the shocking announcement in an emotional video earlier today, sending fans into a grieving mood.

By the end of the season, he would have been in charge for nine years. He won all possible trophies, including the first Premier League title in 30 years. He signed and made some players world-class.

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Jurgen Klopp applauds the Liverpool fans after progressing to the Carabao Cup final. Photo by Mike Hewitt.
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Sports Brief looks at the best seven players who played for the Germans at Anfield.

Klopp's best players at Liverpool

1. Mohamed Salah

Undoubtedly the best player to play in red during the manager’s tenure and one of the best in the club’s history. Signed from Roma in 2017, he has scored over 150 league goals and won three league Golden Boots. Per Goal, he has the most goals for an English club in European competitions.

2. Sadio Mane

The Senegalese forward played six years under the tactician before leaving in 2022. He scored over 100 league goals and formed a deadly trio with Salah and Roberto Firmino, won all the trophies won during the German’s era. He shared one of Salah's Golden Boots with him.

3. Virgil van Dijk

The Dutch defender is the most influential signing made by the former Borussia Dortmund. Per BBC Sports, he was signed for £75 million in January 2018, a record for a defender at that time. His influence earned him second on the Ballon d'Or rankings in 2019, behind Lionel Messi. He currently captains the club.

4. Trent Alexander-Arnold

The best academy graduate who came through the ranks under Klopp and ascended to an essential player in the first team. He was promoted in 2016 and has made over 200 league appearances. He is the club’s vice-captain.

5. Alisson Becker

Per the Guardian, after the embarrassing performance by Loris Karius in the 2018 UEFA Champions League final, the Reds signed Alisson Becker from Roma for £66.9mil, a record for a goalkeeper before Chelsea broke it a week later when they paid £71.2mil for Kepa Arrizabalaga. The Brazilian has remained ever-present since then.

6. Roberto Firmino

The Brazilian forward needed more credit for his role in the success under Klopp. His dropping deep allowed wingers Salah and Mane to get into optimum goalscoring positions. He left the club last summer at the expiration of his contract.

7. Andy Robertson

A bargain at £8mil from Hull City, the Scottish full-back alongside Trent helped Klopp's fast counter style of play with quick transitions. He has the most assists by a defender in the Premier League, with Alexander-Arnold closely following in second.

Honourable mentions: Jordan Henderson, James Milner, Georgino Wijnaldum, Joel Matip, Divock Origi.

Five managers who could replace Klopp

Sports Brief analysed five managers who could replace Klopp after he announced his time at Liverpool would end at the end of the current season.

Former midfielders Xabi Alonso, currently at Bayer Leverkusen, and Steven Gerrard at Al-Ettifaq are two of the managers the club could consider for the vacant position in the summer.

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Elijah Odetokun is Reuters-trained journalist with three years of experience having previously worked at Daily Times Nigeria, OmaSports and El Futbolero.
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