Jurgen Klopp's achievements that are bigger than top 4 finish with Liverpool - ranked

18 May 2021 06:15

It's no secret that managers like to make outlandish suggestions to try and make their underwhelming campaigns seem not so bad.

Jose Mourinho's comment on finishing second in the Premier League with Manchester United in 2018 (after winning the damn thing on three separate occasions before then) was a particular highlight, though Jurgen Klopp's recent revelation that he believes getting Liverpool into the top four this season would be one of his greatest achievements is pretty special.

Alright, so the Reds have been plagued by injuries this season, but one of the best achievements of his career? Really?

We're not so sure, and what better way to disprove such a theory than listing everything the German tactician has achieved that trumps securing Champions League qualification with Liverpool this season - and we've even ranked them for you.

6. Champions League finalist - 2013

Jurgen Klopp consoles his beaten finalists | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

We know that getting beat in a final is hardly a stellar moment in most managers' careers, though Borussia Dortmund's feat in reaching the 2013 Champions League showpiece was pretty special.

First of all, their run to the showpiece event took place in just their second season back in the Champions League since a run of nine campaigns away from the competition.

Klopp secured Dortmund's place back in Europe's premier competition for the first time since 2002/03 when they appeared in the 2011/12 edition, though they were soon handed their marching orders as they were knocked out at the group stage with just one win to their name.

The next season they finished top of a group consisting of Real Madrid, Ajax and Manchester City, before meeting Los Blancos again in the semi-final and smashing them 4-1 in the home leg before advancing to the final.

Their dreams were shattered by Bayern Munich in the final but to even reach the latter stages was an incredible achievement.

5. FIFA Club World Cup champion - 2019

Jurgen Klopp celebrates his side's victory at the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup | Matthew Ashton - AMA/Getty Images

Maybe some of the opposition Liverpool faced at the 2019 FIFA Club World Cup weren't particularly fierce, but being crowned the best team in the world can't be overlooked.

The Reds' 2019 Champions League final win over Tottenham meant they would be Europe's entry for the annual competition, with Liverpool entering at the semi-final stage.

After a 2-1 win over Mexican outfit Monterrey they came up against Brazilian side Flamengo in the final, and Roberto Firmino's extra-time winner saw the Merseysiders crowned Club World Cup champions for the first time in their history.

4. Bundesliga champion - 2011

Klopp is lifted aloft by his triumphant Dortmund team in 2011 | PATRIK STOLLARZ/Getty Images

When Klopp was appointed Dortmund manager in 2008 they'd won just one Bundesliga title in the past 12 seasons, though he had an immediate impact at the club and they slowly started to compete at the top end of the league.

In his third season at the club they were finally crowned German top-flight champions once again as Klopp led his side to their seventh Bundesliga crown, and in doing so secured the return of Champions League football to the club.

3. Retained Bundesliga crown - 2012

Jurgen Klopp celebrates his second Bundesliga triumph with Marco Reus | CHRISTOF STACHE/Getty Images

You may think being crowned champions of your domestic league for the first time in so long is a bigger achievement than retaining your crown - but you'd be wrong.

Very few people fancied Dortmund to win the Bundesliga in 2010/11 - meaning they could sneak in through the back door so to speak - though as soon as they'd been crowned champions they became the team to beat.

Not only did they manage to repeat their feat, they performed even better, losing just three games all season and amassing whopping points total to retain their top-flight crown for just the third time ever in their history.

2. Champions League winner - 2019

Jurgen Klopp lifts the 2019 Champions League crown | Harriet Lander/Copa/Getty Images

After coming so close to being crowned a Champions League winner with Dortmund back in 2013, no-one could begrudge Klopp his win in the 2019 edition of the competition.

The Reds certainly didn't do things the easy way, scraping through their group in second place after finishing level on points with third place Napoli, before being forced to pull out an unbelievable comeback against Barcelona in the second leg of their semi-final clash.

The final was much more straightforward, with Tottenham offering little resistance as Liverpool notched a 2-0 win to secure Champions League glory.

1. Premier League champion - 2020

Jurgen Klopp prepares to lift the Premier League trophy | Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images

Last but not least is Klopp's best career achievement to date.

It's just impossible not to consider this the best moment of the German's managerial career. Having come so close to securing their first Premier League crown the season prior, many predicted Liverpool to fall away and be unable to carry on their great form into the 2019/20 season - but they went one better.

Klopp's side sent records tumbling on the way to their 19th top-flight title, suffering just one defeat before their coronation was confirmed - it went a bit rubbish after that but we'll let them off.

The title defence may have been an absolute shocker, but Liverpool's 2019/20 Premier League season will live long in the memory of Reds fans.

Source: 90min