Where are they now? Liverpool’s XI from Klopp’s first match in charge
It’s fair to say that Jurgen Klopp’s reign as Liverpool manager has so far been a successful one since he was appointed in 2015.
In the German’s four years at the helm, he’s taken the club to two Champions League finals, winning one, and as things stand is on course to end their high-profile wait for a title.
His first game in charge came in a 0-0 draw at Tottenham in October 2015 and, looking back at his side in that game, we’re sure you’ll agree that he’s transformed the squad for the better.
Mignolet was the undisputed No.1 when Klopp took over, but some questionable performances led to the Belgian making way first for Lorus Karius and then for Alisson Becker. He left the club in the summer of 2019, joining Club Brugge for just over £6million.
The 32-year-old has been an ever-present for the Belgian club, who were recently declared league champions after the remainder of the season was cancelled.
“We got a text message. You can’t really do too much,” Mignolet told the Times in May 2020. “I drank a glass of champagne with the family and that was it basically.
“Yes [we feel like champions]. The only difference is that you obviously want to celebrate it on a pitch after a victory and celebrate with your team-mates, the fans, the staff and the club – but we have to accept what time we are in at this moment and that isn’t possible.”
Back in 2015, Clyne had just signed for Liverpool and was one of England’s best full-backs, making the Three Lions squad on a regular basis. He then established himself as a permanent fixture in Klopp’s defence for two seasons.
However, severe injuries coupled with the emergence of Trent Alexander-Arnold made Clyne surplus to requirements, spending the second half of last season on loan at Bournemouth before suffering yet more injury woe.
The beginning of Klopp’s time at Liverpool coincided with the end of Martin Skrtel’s. The Slovakian had been at the club since 2008, becoming a popular figure and important player, but left at the end of the 2015-16 season to join Fenerbache.
His time there was also successful and after three seasons as a key player, he earned a move to Champions League side Atalanta. But he lasted just three weeks in Italy before his contract was terminated by mutual consent, with Skrtel saying he struggled to adapt and wasn’t the right fit.
He’s since returned to Istanbul, now plying his trade for Istanbul Basaksehir.
When Klopp took charge, Sakho had just a year earlier started every game for France in the World Cup and was one of the club’s best defenders. This remained the case for a good while, but he was eventually loaned and then sold to Crystal Palace in 2017 due to issues with his discipline and conduct.
After a bright start to his Palace career, the defender has been plagued by injury problems and has recently been linked with Ligue 1 side Lyon.
Ah Moreno. Perhaps the least popular player among Liverpool fans in this team. He may have been an exciting prospect going forward, and he seems a lovely bloke, but he was quite frankly horrendous defensively. When he left for Villarreal this summer, many rejoiced.
Injuries have meant he’s only played 10 games for his club so far, but we think it’s been an undoubted success for this clearance alone.
Alberto Moreno with one of the most bizarre and spectacular clearances in Villarreal vs Espanyol
— 𝙎𝙚𝙗𝙗𝙚 🕊️ (@Sebbe2704) November 3, 2019
Back in 2015, Milner was a dependable, versatile, consistent player who was bloody good at penalties. Five years on, he’s still at Liverpool and is still dependable, versatile, consistent and bloody good at penalties. Never change, James.
Best known by many for saying “unluckyyyyyyy”, Lucas was the definition of a cult hero at Anfield, but even the fans agreed it was time for him to leave when Lazio signed him in 2017.
He was then voted the club’s Player of the Year in his first season in Rome and remains an important player to this day. Lucky guy.
— MUNDIAL (H) (@MundialMag) January 9, 2019
Can was one of Klopp’s most important players from the manager’s first game in charge to the summer of 2018, when the midfielder left to join Juventus on a free transfer.
He struggled to secure a starting place in Turin and signed for Borussia Dortmund in January 2020, rejecting Manchester United in the process.
Lallana was a key player early on in Klopp’s time in charge, but a string of injuries pushed him further and further down in the side’s pecking order as other players established themselves in the starting XI.
The midfielder will leave the club at the end of the 2019-20 season but looks set to close off his six-year stint at Liverpool on a high.
Origi’s time at Liverpool has been full of ups and downs. After a spell in the first team in Klopp’s maiden season, his time at the club looked likely to be at an end when he returned from a poor loan spell at Wolfsburg in 2018.
However, he’s since shocked everyone to forge a reputation as a big-game player thanks to his goals in the Champions League semi-final and final and his Merseyside derby exploits. Maybe someday we’ll find out why he was running back to the halfway line…
😂| Milly on last year’s derby day Origi antics: ‘Why did he rush to get the ball out of the net? I genuinely believe he thought we still needed another goal to win the game. It wouldn’t surprise me in the slightest. I’ll ask him. I hope he remembers it!’ pic.twitter.com/4lonOYlUeK
— The Kopite (@TheKopiteOFF) December 5, 2019
Coutinho was Liverpool’s star player when Klopp joined the club, and fans despaired when he left the club for Barcelona in 2018 for just shy of £150million.
Things haven’t worked out quite as the Brazilian would’ve hoped since then. Despite a few standout goals and moments, he struggled to nail down a spot in the team and was thus sent out on loan to Bayern Munich for the current season.
Barcelona are reportedly ready to listen to offers for Coutinho and the 28-year-old has been linked with a move back to the Premier League.