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By Phil McNulty
Chief football writer
Manager Jurgen Klopp’s parties at the final whistle at Stamford Bridge provided a window to the value of victory.
Klopp’s effect on Liverpool in that period has been culminating in making them champions for the sixth time with victory over Tottenham in Madrid in June.
And Klopp’s record in domestic affairs is also formidable, with his tally of 92 victories in the time span only bettered.
It didn’t quite bring the title last time, when Manchester City pipped them even though Liverpool losing just 1 league game – but renewed belief is surging by those supporters who celebrated by Klopp in the end of this 2-1 win over Chelsea that gave the Reds highest points from six matches.
This is a record-breaking Liverpool aspect building for what they and Klopp hope are the yield of the league name, the platform – their holy grail – after having a 30-year wait.
Liverpool dug deep to win on Sunday and be the first group to take points.
They’ve now won their past 15 league games City putting a streak with in history, when they gained 18 between August and December 2017.
Few name wins are pretty as a picture but the following three points will be pleasing to Klopp’s attention since a number of those Liverpool have imposed on competitions in his past 149 games.
As Klopp rightly stated:”You won’t ever win at Chelsea without placing a suitable change in and we did that today.
“It is exceptional. What could I say? We must keep going. As it did for Manchester City against 13, it never appears as simple but we have not had these games. We have had to work for this ”
Klopp is animated in which Liverpool were put under greater stress than they’ve been for a time but the body language in his field at Stamford Bridge was especially telling, both during and after a game.
He was non-stop in the first whistle, and particularly when Chelsea threatened to wipe out their lead.
Klopp fist-pumped his torso in the path of the players, exhorting effort. The German’s shouts carried rows back. He chased up and down to the place when possession was squandered. He participated Chelsea counterpart Frank Lampard and official Kevin Buddy on more than 1 occasion in discussion.
And then, when the final whistle went the ecstasy of Klopp was apparent prior to tapping his heart in front of Liverpool support congregated in a corner of the Fall End as he went about each member of his team and players.
In the space of those 150 Premier League matches Klopp has had a transformative impact on Liverpool, fulfilling his initial mission to”flip doubters into believers” and then a few.
Not a lot of the group from Klopp’s opening game off to Spurs on 17 October 2015 remain. At Chelsea, Adam Lallana and James Milner were on the seat while Divock Origi is hurt.
No-one should underestimate the absolute brilliance and resilience of Manchester City, not only in responding to defeat Norwich by thrashing Watford but also the way they passed then remained ahead of Liverpool last season.
What’s telling, however, is that Liverpool’s Champions League win trophies not sated it and seems to have sharpened their desire. The Premier League is their mission.
They’ve shown themselves capable of distinct types of successes and this was one of the eye-catching variety, but equally precious and offering Klopp a look.
Liverpool were nowhere near their best but it is one of those wonderful old adages of a Premier League title-winning season that the key to achievement is winning exactly those events.
And, as a bonus, Liverpool are also capable of scoring kinds of goals.
The moves and individual brilliance in the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane certainly are a familiar sight.
However, the header of Firmino and Trent attack, either from free-kick routines, meant Liverpool have scored 34 objects from set-pieces than any other group, seven more since the start of last year.
If Liverpool are not currently performing at their greatest, Klopp still needs courage, intensity, dedication – the other types of quality and excellence he has drilled to his aspect over 150 games.
Those qualities were required here. The demands of Klopp were delivered to by liverpool – and the Anfield juggernaut rolls .
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