Sunday sees Jurgen Klopp mark his two-year anniversary as Liverpool manager, having replaced Brendan Rodgers on October 8, 2015.
Here’s a look at the German’s first 24 months in charge.
Klopp has opted for evolution rather than revolution, reflected in the fact 15 of the players he has used this season were inherited from Rodgers (not including Nathaniel Clyne and Adam Lallana, who have been injured).
Three of those – Dejan Lovren, Alberto Moreno and Clyne (when fit) would make up his first-choice defence.
He has more depth among his goalkeepers than before and has considerably improved the forward line. The departments in between still require some work, however.
Ten major signings have been made during Klopp’s tenure: of those Sadio Mane has been the one stand-out success.
Summer signing Mohamed Salah has shown early signs he could follow suit but fellow new arrivals Andrew Robertson, Dominic Solanke and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain have not really had chance to stake their claims.
Last season’s signings midfielder Georginio Wijnaldum and defender Joel Matip have been inconsistent.
A deal, which on paper looks a good one, has been done to bring in highly-rated RB Leipzig midfielder Naby Keita next summer but it is probably the signing Klopp could not get done – that of Southampton centre-back Virgil van Dijk – which has been the most talked about.
Klopp has blooded a number of youngsters from the club’s academy. Some of it was more out of necessity rather than design as two busy Januarys meant he had to dip into the reserves for cup competitions.
It was not without merit, however, as it gave chances to the likes of Ben Woodburn – who became the club’s youngest scorer with a goal in the League Cup and has gone on to become a senior Wales international aged just 17 – Sheyi Ojo, Ovie Ejaria and Trent Alexander-Arnold.
Of those the latter is currently enjoying an extended run in the first team to cover Clyne’s injury.
The high-tempo, aggressive pressing and pacy counter-attacks synonymous with Klopp took a while to implement, but the tactics were at their most effective 12 months ago when Liverpool blitzed teams on their way to briefly topping the Premier League last November.
However, opponents began to work them out in the second half of the campaign, sitting deep to make things difficult, and it posed some testing questions.
Although this season Liverpool have shown flashes of replicating that form, crucially they have not been able to convert chances.
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Four months after taking over Klopp guided the team to the League Cup final where they were unlucky to lose on penalties to Manchester City.
A thrilling 4-3 home Europa League win over Klopp’s former club Borussia Dortmund felt like a watershed but despite reaching the final and leading at half-time, a second-half collapse saw them lose 3-1 to Sevilla.
Guiding Liverpool to the top of the Premier League table in early November 2016 was followed by a struggle from January, a month which included a 2-0 aggregate semi-final defeat to Southampton which prevented Klopp reaching back-to-back League Cup finals.
Qualifying for the Champions League for only the second time in eight years saw them achieve their target, even if they did limp over the line.
Keeping Philippe Coutinho out of the hands of Barcelona, and his successful reintegration into the team, was significant – as was the failure to persuade Southampton to part with Van Dijk.
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Former Barcelona and Arsenal striker Thierry Henry believes Anthony Martial is destined for greatness, and claims the Manchester United striker is already better than he was aged 21.
Martial has already scored five goals and provided six assists in his first nine appearances this season for the Red Devils.
His pace and intelligence on and off the ball drew immediate comparisons to Henry, following his move from Monaco in 2015.
Henry, who scored 175 goals during his time at Arsenal, believes Martial has enough class to reach the top.
“Anthony Martial is far better than I was at that age,” said Henry. “He can become a world class player.”
The 21-year-old is currently resting during the international break after picking up an injury in United’s 4-1 win over CSKA Moscow in the Champions League.
It’s been a long, hard, and sometimes discouraging road for Marouane Fellaini, but there’s no doubting where he is now: a crucial player for one of the world’s biggest club’s challenging for the Premier League title.
When he was first signed by Manchester United in 2013, he soon came to be viewed as the symbol of the David Moyes’ era; just not good enough. Even after Moyes was sacked, that impression stuck with Fellaini.
He became the ill-fitting Plan B under Louis van Gaal, thrown on late in games so that United could lump the ball forward to him while chasing a goal, and was largely regarded as a liability by most fans.
His nadir in a United shirt came last December, when Jose Mourinho brought him on as a substitute to help protect a 1-0 lead. Within minutes, he gave away a penalty that cost his side the win.
The United faithful, who had never warmed to him in the first place, instantly made him a pantomime villain after that. He was booed on his next Old Trafford appearance and got only lukewarm cheers when his name was announced in subsequent games.
Since then, however, he’s effected a remarkable turnaround. He’s one of Mourinho’s trusted lieutenants, so much so that he’s been the manager’s go-to midfielder in the absence of the injured Paul Pogba – keeping the club’s reigning Player of the Year, Ander Herrera, out of the starting XI.
He’s got four goals already this season, passes the ball with much more authority and assuredness than he’s previously displayed in a United shirt, and, to sum it up, has become one of the team’s key players.
Here’s a look at how he’s become so important to Jose Mourinho and Manchester United.