When Jurgen Klopp first stepped foot in Melwood Training Ground, he came in as a breath of fresh air to fans of Liverpool Football Club. Full of energy and excitement, the former Borussia Dortmund manager sat in front of the press, spewing enough bold statements about his ambition that there was no doubting his quality as one of the world's most promising managers.
Dressed in an all-black suit, Jurgen Klopp was the world class manager that Liverpool yearned for, and he made promises that would eventually hold him accountable for far more than the mere task of 'improving' a side that were faltering in every possible field. The Reds were only able to win four of eleven games before relieving Brendan Rodgers of his duties, and matters had reached such a low that the acquisition of a high profile manager to the level of Jurgen Klopp came as a pleasant surprise.
"Please give us the time to work on it", Klopp said as he begged the press to judge him after a handful of seasons in charge. His next statement was even more pressing, as he ambitiously set a timescale over when his methods would take effect. He said: "When I sit here in four years, I think we want [to win] one title. I'm pretty sure [we will]. If not - maybe [I will go to] Switzerland."
Joking over the backup plan of leaving to manage in Switzerland if he couldn't reach the sky-high expectations of Liverpool Football Club was a way of softening the majesty of his proposal, but there's no bowing out of his promise, and with those four years running out in five months, the Champions League is his chance to clinch the biggest prize in club football, proving all doubters wrong in the process.