5 Reasons why Liverpool's 2018-19 season has been a success
#2 Cup Run
Liverpool exited the FA Cup and the Carabao Cup fairly early. But their run in the biggest continental competition, the UEFA Champions League, has been exceptional. They managed to qualify from a tough group which had the likes of PSG and Napoli. Then, in the Round of 16, they ousted the German giants Bayern Munich. The two-legged quarter-final was a relatively straightforward affair against Porto. It was the semi-final though, where Liverpool showed their true potential by knocking out the mighty Barcelona in one of the greatest comeback stories of all time. They will face Tottenham in the final of the Champions League on 1st June. Two Champions League finals in two consecutive seasons is a massive achievement for Liverpool and Klopp.
#3 Player Development
What use is a coach if he cannot improve his players. Klopp understands it perfectly well. Under his tutelage, some of the players had the best season of their careers. Virgil van Dijk was a good player at Southampton. But currently, he is considered one of the best defenders in the world. Though he missed out on the Premier League trophy, Van Dijk won plenty of individual accolades. He finished the season being crowned the PFA Player of the Year as well as the Premier League Player of the Season. Not just Van Dijk, this season saw the step-up of Sadio Mane too, with the Senegalese scoring an amazing 22 league goals to claim the Premier League Golden Boot along with fellow Red Mohamed Salah and Arsenal's Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang. Trent Alexander-Arnold and Andrew Robertson finished the season with 12 and 11 assists respectively, thus putting them among the best full-backs in the Premier League. Joe Gomez emerged as one of the best young central defenders who could prove beneficial for not just Liverpool but also for England for many years to come. Jordan Henderson had one of his best seasons in a Liverpool shirt after displaying immense composure and leadership throughout the campaign.