26 May 2022 | 04:12 | Football
The history of the Red Brigade has recorded many excellent strategists. Here are the eight most prominent faces throughout the Premier League era.
8 – Roy Hodgson
Roy Hodgson left many imprints throughout his peak coaching period. However, his coaching career at Liverpool brought more ups and downs than joy.
The contracts that Hodgson brought to Anfield were all worthless. From Raul Meireles, Joe Cole, Christian Poulsen, Paul Konchesky, Brad Jones, Danny Wilson, Jonjo Shelvey to Milan Jovanovic.
In July 2010, Hodgson signed a three-year contract with Liverpool . As a result, the 74-year-old captain was only in charge for half a season before the towel left.
7 – Graeme Souness
The former Scottish legend had an illustrious playing career in the Liverpool shirt. However, being a head coach is completely different. Souness could not bring the expected success even though The Kop owns in the lineup of many bright names such as: Ian Rush, John Barnes, Steve McManaman and Robbie Fowler.
Souness led Liverpool from 1991 to 1994. The FA Cup in the 1991/1992 season was the only title in Souness’s time with The Kop.
6 – Kenny Dalglish
In January 2011, Dalglish took over as caretaker manager of Liverpool after Hodgson was sacked. Impressive achievements at the end of the season helped the legendary Dalglish be promoted to The Kop head coach with a 3-year contract.
Unfortunately, Dalglish’s coaching career at Anfield lasted only one more season when Liverpool ranked 8th overall. Dalglish helped the Anfield team win the League Cup, play the FA Cup final.
5 – Roy Evans
Evans helped revive Liverpool after Souls’ spell . Recruiting smart contracts, nurturing young talent is Evans’ formula. Evans brought to Anfield the two signatures of Stan Collymore and Patrik Berger, gradually giving opportunities to Michael Owen.
Under the guidance of Evans, The Kop finished 3rd or 4th in the Premier League, respectively. Even so, Liverpool could not reach the level of becoming a leading candidate for the championship race. In 1998, Evans left Anfield.
4 – Brendan Rodgers
Rodgers once helped Liverpool touch a hand to the Premier League title in the 2013/2014 season. Unfortunately, the disastrous draws and losses at the end of the season made The Kop miss the prestigious trophy.
In general, Rodgers left many professional marks throughout his time in charge of Liverpool. The Kop reached 2 semi-finals of the FA Cup and League Cup under Rodgers.
3 – Rafael Benitez
Benitez immediately left success in his first season in charge of Liverpool: winning the Champions League. The Spanish captain helped the Merseyside team to quench their thirst for the number 1 title in Europe after 21 years of waiting.
In the 2005/2006 season, Benitez helped Liverpool win the FA Cup. After winning the 2006 Super Cup, Benitez could not win any more titles. In the summer of 2010, the 61-year-old strategist left Liverpool.
2 – Gerard Houllier
Houllier took over the hot seat from his predecessor Evans. In the 2000/2001 season, Houllier helped The Kop win the domestic treble. Discipline is a high standard of Liverpool under Houllier.
The late French coach helped the likes of Jamie Carragher, Owen and Steven Gerrard come to light. In the 2001/2002 season, Houllier helped Liverpool finish second in the Premier League. In 2004, Houllier parted ways with The Kop.
1 – Jurgen Klopp
The German strategist helped Liverpool quench their thirst for the Premier League title after 30 years of waiting. Klopp also led The Kop team to successfully conquer the European throne in the 2018/2019 season.
According to experts, Klopp is the best manager of Liverpool in the Premier League era. Former Borussia Dortmund coach brings a beautiful, fiery style of pressing football to The Kop.