Jurgen Klopp: The End of an Era

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The end of the Jurgen Klopp era will finally come to a conclusion after seven pretty darn impressive years at Borussia Dortmund.  Like most coaches, Klopp had his ups and downs while at Borussia Dortmund, but during his time in Germany, the good results have pretty much overshadowed all the things that had gone wrong during his tenure.

 

Klopp has helped develop the likes of: Gotze, Lewandowski, Reus and Gundogan just to name a few throughout his time with Dortmund.  The team has played some of the most attractive football of any squad in Europe, especially in the last three or four years, where they not only have established great results in the Bundesliga, but also in the Champion’s League, a tournament that features only the best teams in Europe.  Lewandowski and Gotze have both left for a lot of money, but the players that Klopp has brought in, have not exactly lived up to expectations.

 

Ciro Immobile has had a tough time adjusting to the German league, but he was pretty good when it came to the Champion’s League where he had four goals in six matches played.

 

Adrian Ramos was also supposed to be a big time signing for Dortmund, but he has not lived up to expectations, scoring only six goals in 29 matches (all competition).

 

Matthias Ginter has been one of the better signings that Klopp made last summer, but it is far too early to tell how good he will be, especially since the defender is only 21 years of age.

 

The chart below shows Jurgen Klopp’s stats throughout the years as Dortmund coach (stats reflect the Bundesliga only)

 

Year Table finish Wins Draws Losses Goal differential Points
2008/2009 Sixth 15 14 5 +23 59
2009/2010 Fifth 16 9 9 +12 57
2010/2011 Champions 23 6 5 +45 75
2011/2012 Champions 25 6 3 +55 81
2012/2013 Second 19 9 6 +39 66
2013/2014 Second 22 5 7 +42 71
2014/2015 (in progress) Ninth 11 7 13 +3 39

 

As you can tell, Klopp has put together some jaw dropping seasons, but his last, has also been his toughest to date.  Up until about February, Borussia Dortmund were in the bottom three and it surely looked like the team was about to get relegated.  Since that time, Dortmund has put together wins, which came at a time when a lot of their key players were coming back from various injuries.  Now, only three months later, the team is fighting to get into Europa League for next season, which is still very reachable for a squad with so much fire power.

 

Even though Klopp’s time is up, he is leaving behind a number of quality players, starting with Reus, Mkhitaryan, Aubameyang, Sahin just to name a few.  Gundogan has rejected a contract extension with Dortmund, meaning he will be on his way out this summer.  It also looks as if Hummels could be on his way out with a handful of teams interested in his services.  Do not rule out either of the two aforementioned players reuniting with Klopp, depending on where the German manager ends up.

 

What’s next for Klopp?

Jurgen Klopp will without a doubt be one of the hottest commodities this summer.  I expect any team that wants to compete for a league title to be after the German manager.

 

Liverpool has unofficially (sort of) already thrown its name as a possible landing destination for Klopp.  Liverpool has not lived up to expectations this year and current manager, Brendan Rodgers could get the boot at seasons end.  Liverpool made plenty of signings in the summer of 2014 that just have not worked out for the side.  Adding Klopp would definitely spice things up, especially with his track record of winning trophies.

 

If Manuel Pellegrini gets fired by Manchester City, I could potentially see Klopp’s name come up as a possible candidate, but I do not know if he would be interested in taking over a City team has plenty of question marks going into this summer.  However, if Klopp really wants a challenge, he could potentially see City as a strong suitor for his services

 

It looks as if Rafa Benitez will sign a new contract extension with Napoli, which is yet another club I could see Klopp taking over, even though Serbian manager, and current Sampdoria manager, Sinisa Mihajlovic was rumoured to take over.  A.C. Milan’s Pipo Inzaghi and Inter Milan’s Roberto Mancini could also be on their way out, which, once again, could potentially open up a door for Klopp to take over either club and bring them back up to supremacy, something both teams have been lacking in the last few years.

 

Bayern Munich?!?! What if Bayern Munich were to let Guardiola go and then hire Jurgen Klopp to reunite him with the likes of Lewandowski and Gotze?!?! I am not even going to go there

 

How about Jurgen Klopp possibly taking over a national team? I have never really thought about this one, but in the football world, you just never know.

 

Ogi B

Author: Ogi

Ogi is a graduate of Humber College’s Sport Management program. He is the founder of Blago Blogger Sports.

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