Jurgen Klopp arrived at Anfield to sign a three-year deal – and the venue of legends like Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley and Kenny Dalglish has not been the same since.
The German introduced himself as “The Normal One” when he took the job. But the extravagant, flamboyant and likeable loop has never been just that.
Madcap moments have seen him taken to Kop hearts. Klopp is one of theirs. An adopted Scouser, even though he admits he has found it difficult at times understanding the accent.
In his second season as Liverpool boss, his revamped, refreshed squad will do the talking for him on the pitch, starting with the opening epic at Arsenal a week today.
History can easily overwhelm those who sit in the famous Anfield manager’s chair, with the Reds collecting 18 titles, five European Cup wins, seven FA Cups and eight League Cups in a glorious past.
But Klopp is not daunted and is building for a successful future. The love affair between boss and fans is mutual.