Cape Town - Jurgen Klopp is now in position to build a legacy at Liverpool, according to his assistant manager Peter Krawietz.
Exactly four years ago Klopp was confirmed as Reds boss, inheriting a team which had lost its way under Brendan Rodgers.
The club were three points off the top four and six behind leaders
Manchester City but, over the course of the next 48 months, the German
has turned them into a force at home and abroad.
A sixth European Cup was secured in June as Klopp finally triumphed
in his fourth final with the Reds, having just guided them to a
record-breaking second-place points tally in being pipped to the Premier
League title by a point.
Four years on from his arrival Liverpool sit top of the standings,
having considerably turned the tables on City having already established
an eight-point lead over the defending champions.
At his first press conference, Klopp, promising to change "doubters
into believers", pledged: "If we sit here in four years I think we win a
title, I'm pretty sure."
He has delivered on that with the Champions League triumph and has
also put the team in a position to end their 30-year wait for a domestic
But Krawietz insists the progress can be measured in more than trophies.
"We knew it wouldn't be easy, we didn't expect it would be easy," he told liverpoolfc.com.
"We thought the things we want to invent take a bit of time - a
long-term idea - and we'd come somewhere where we'd try to make an
impact for the whole club, something that stays for longer even if you
are not here any more.
"Something which stays - not only trophies and a good time - and that can go on.
"I would say it's not too bad so far, a few things worked out pretty
well. Today we are where we are and it was a good journey so far."
There is no likelihood of complacency setting in, however, even if
the club are at their highest level since the Rafael Benitez era,
another Champions League-winning manager who came up just short in
winning the title in 2009.
Klopp has freshened up his long-standing successful coaching
triumvirate of him, Krawietz and Zeljko Buvac, with the latter departing
in April last year after a fall-out with the German to be replaced by
the highly-rated coach Pep Lijnders.
He has also overhauled the squad by a process of evolution not revolution.
In his first transfer window he made just two signings: youngster
Marko Grujic for £5.1 million, who was immediately loaned back to Red
Star Belgrade, and Steven Caulker, who barely featured, on loan.
The likes of Sadio Mane and Georginio Wijnaldum arrived the following
summer, and 12 months later Mohamed Salah, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and
arguably his best-value buy Andy Robertson (for £8 million) were signed.
He suffered his first big-name loss in January 2017 when Philippe
Coutinho was lured to Barcelona but that was offset by the arrival of
Virgil Van Dijk, at the time the world's most expensive defender at
The final pieces of the jigsaw arrived with the £65m signing of
goalkeeper Alisson Becker, along with midfielders Naby Keita and
Of the squad Klopp inherited those who remain are captain Jordan
Henderson, Joe Gomez, Roberto Firmino, Adam Lallana, Dejan Lovren, James
Milner, Divock Origi, Sheyi Ojo (on loan at Rangers) and Nathaniel
Clyne, who has played just 10 times for Liverpool in the last two full
seasons and would not still be at the club were he not currently
Virtually all of that group have improved significantly under the former Borussia Dortmund and Mainz coach's stewardship.
"In the best case, people learn and develop," added Krawietz.
"We changed and developed as well. You should always try to get
better, that's the interesting thing.The game is developing; we try to
"Our philosophy, our style of play won't change too much but the details are always interesting.
"With the energy and the fuel, you need to go on, try to proceed and try to stay successful."
- TeamTalk Media