Holy grail could be in sight as Jürgen Klopp toasts his Anfield anniversary | Andy Hunter

The German’s four years have imbued Liverpool with belief and winning run suggests they can end their league title drought

Jürgen Klopp has honoured every pledge made at his Liverpool unveiling four years ago on Tuesday, turning doubter to believer (it was singular), creating emotional football, winning a title inside four years and lifting the burden of an illustrious history that had come to feel “like a 20-kilo backpack”. The result of ticking each box, and another problem for Manchester City, is that Liverpool and their manager are left pushing themselves for more.

The Premier League leaders toast the anniversary of Klopp’s appointment on the back of a perfect weekend that included an injury-time winner over Leicester plus defeats for Manchester City, Manchester United and Everton. The eight-point lead generated predictable claims of the league being Liverpool’s to lose – in October – and the inevitable counterargument that some sort of reverse psychology is at work to hex Klopp’s team in their pursuit of a first title for 30 years. The form of both Liverpool and City puts the argument in favour of the believers.

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