Liverpool Managers in the Premier League Era who Successfully Won Trophies. Jurgen Klopp deserves to be called the best coach Liverpool have had since the Premier League era. The German coach has so far brought Liverpool to five trophies. In fact, he has a great opportunity to add to his collection with the Reds for the remainder of the 2021/2022 season.
However, Klopp is certainly not the only coach who has successfully brought the Reds to trophies in the Premier League era. Including Klopp, the following five names must be idols of Liverpool fans because they managed to present the trophy.
1. Roy Evans
Roy Evans is a former English coach who managed Liverpool from 1994 to 1998. While playing, Evans spent nine seasons defending Liverpool from 1965 to 1974. After that, he hung up his boots at the age of 25 and immediately pursued a career as a coach.
Evans initially served as one of Liverpool’s coaching staff. He also won quite a number of trophies. After that, he finally became the main coach from 1994 to 1998. Even though he only brought Liverpool to win the 1994/1995 League Cup, Evans is still considered one of the legends of the Reds because of his dedication.
2. Gerard Houllier
In 1998, Liverpool brought in a new coach, Gerard Houllier. Initially, Houllier had coached together with Roy Evans before Evans finally resigned. Houllier became the sole coach for the Reds . His first season did not go well because Liverpool only finished seventh in the 1998/1999 Premier League.
However, slowly but surely, Houllier successfully lifted Liverpool’s performance. The 2000/2001 season in particular was Houllier’s best season with the Reds . They won three titles, namely the FA Cup, League Cup and UEFA Cup. The Community Shield trophy and the UEFA Super Cup followed later.
Another trophy that Liverpool won with Houllier was the 2002/2003 League Cup. So, in total Houllier successfully presented six trophies for Liverpool. The French coach has died since December 2020.
Gerard Houllier coached Liverpool until 2004 before being replaced by Rafael Benitez. Benitez’s success in bringing Valencia to two Spanish League trophies made Liverpool interested in using his services. Apparently, the Spanish coach also proved successful with Liverpool.
His first season, the 2004/2005 season, immediately led to the Champions League title. Benitez became the first Liverpool coach in the Premier League era to win the trophy. After that, Benitez also led Liverpool to three other trophies, namely the UEFA Super Cup, FA Cup and Community Shield.
In fact, the Premier League trophy was almost won by Liverpool with Benitez. The Reds had a tight competition with Manchester United in the 2008/2009 season, but ended up only being runners-up . Unfortunately, Liverpool’s performance declined drastically in 2009/2010 so Benitez was fired at the end of the season.
4. Kenny Dalglish
After Benitez’s death, Liverpool had been coached by Roy Hodgson, however, their performance was even worse. Hodgson only lasted half a season before finally being replaced by Kenny Dalglish in January 2011. Dalglish is not a foreign name for Liverpool because he is a legend of the Reds, both as a player and coach.
Yes, Dalglish was the last coach who brought Liverpool the Premier League title before the Premier League era. He even brought Blackburn Rovers to the Premier League title in the 1994/1995 season. Therefore, Dalglish is believed to be able to bring Liverpool up.
Unfortunately, Dalglish did not manage to repeat his heyday when he coached Liverpool first. Liverpool’s performance in the Premier League did not improve with Dalglish. However, he had presented the 2011/2012 League Cup trophy before being sacked at the end of the season.
5. Jurgen Klopp
The next coach to handle Liverpool after Kenny Dalglish is Brendan Rodgers. The Northern Irish coach had brought Liverpool to impress in the 2013/2014 Premier League, but failed to win a trophy. Rodgers finally stayed until October 2015, before being sacked and replaced by Jurgen Klopp.
With Klopp, Liverpool have finally been able to reach their long-lost glory days. However, success was not achieved in a short time. Klopp took about three years to build a strong team of champion candidates. Now, it is evident that the wait was not in vain.
So far, Klopp has led Liverpool to five different trophies, including the Premier League and Champions League. He even has the opportunity to win three additional titles in the remainder of the 2021/2022 season while bringing Liverpool to quadruple winners .
The five coaches above have successfully brought Liverpool to a trophy in the Premier League era . Whatever trophy they won would still be a valuable achievement for the Reds.