Jurgen Klopp etched his name into Liverpool history when he masterminded them to their sixth European crown in June.
Danny Mills has astonishingly questioned Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp and the number of trophies he has won during his time at Anfield.
The former Manchester City defender questioned whether Liverpool’s Champions League triumph in June ‘is enough’ and also stated that their European Super Cup win against Chelsea ‘doesn’t count’.
It has been four years since Liverpool, after sacking Brendan Rodgers, turned to Klopp to help turn their fortunes around both in the Premier League and in Europe – last season he delivered by winning their sixth European Cup, and not forgetting that Super Cup win in Istanbul.
But speaking to Kick Off on TalkSport (08/10/2019 at 7:00 pm), former England defender Mills was seemingly questioning Klopp’s tenure at Anfield by citing the number of trophies he has won.
“Four years, one trophy, is that enough?” Mills questioned on TalkSport. “If Liverpool were going to go to the end of this season, it doesn’t look like it now, and only still have one trophy at the end of that, would that be enough?
“Your almost five seasons and one trophy. Where does that rank him amongst Liverpool greats? Yes, the brand of football has been better. He’s got them closer. He’s won the Champions League. Even as it stands now, one trophy in four years. Where is he amongst the Liverpool great managers?”
He later added on Liverpool’s Super Cup win: “Doesn’t count. Ridiculous. I’ve never won it, so it never counts for me. It’s like the community shield. It’s not a proper trophy. Come on, let’s be honest! How many players at the end of the season, go ‘Yeh, I won the Super Cup’ or ‘I won the community shield’. It’s not a proper trophy. I don’t think there are any serious footballers or managers, well maybe Mourinho, that take that as a serious trophy.”
Klopp has transformed Liverpool in remarkable ways since his appointment and has arguably been their best modern-day manager.
From the style of football, Champions League win, points tally in the Premier League last season, and the career of players he has taken to levels they perhaps never imagined, it has been some ride for the Anfield faithful.
But the ultimate is winning the Premier League title and ending Liverpool’s title drought – eight wins from their opening eight matches is a sign that it might be coming to an end.