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Considering he was supposed to have been reduced to the role of serial loser, Jurgen Klopp hasn't done too badly over the last couple of years.
After a raft of cup-final defeats, the Liverpool boss has delivered the Champions League and Premier League in successive seasons to finally give the Anfield cleaning staff something new to polish.
A sixth European crown and first domestic title in 30 years might have usually begged the question: where does Klopp go from here?
But if his Liverpool team can retain the Premier League this season then it would surely rank as his greatest-ever achievement.
Just eight games into the new campaign and the champions are bruised and battered. Literally.
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Virgil van Dijk and Joe Gomez are both sidelined with long-term knee injuries.
And an international break in which Trent Alexander-Arnold, Thiago Alcantara, Fabinho and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain making good use of the treatment room at the club's new Kirkby training ground has seen Jordan Henderson and Andy Robertson pick up knocks and Mohamed Salah contract coronavirus.
Sadio Mane, Alisson Becker, Joel Matip and Konstantinos Tsimikas have also been troubled by illness or injury at some point.
Klopp's squad is going to be stretched to the limit as they embark on a run that will see them play 12 games in 41 days, starting with Sunday's visit of pacesetting Leicester.
Big things are expected of youngsters like Curtis Jones, Neco Williams, Nat Phillips and Rhys Williams.
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It's been an extremely interesting start to the season for Jurgen Klopp's men.
They got their title defence off to a shaky start as they edged out a seven-goal thriller against Leeds, before going on to conceded seven in a hammering by Aston Villa.
Virgil van Dijk's season was ended by injury in the 2-2 draw at Everton, leaving the title favourites looking far less secure at the back – especially with Alisson's injury worries too.
But there's no slowing down in what is going to be a busy campaign – with Klopp ensuring his men continue at full pace as they bid for more title glory.
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But it is a huge ask to ask teenagers to defend the Premier League title.
Especially when there will be hardly any let-up in the gruelling fixture list in the New Year.
Klopp doesn't have to just contend with Pep Guardiola this season.
Niggles and knocks are likely to play such a defining role that when I spoke to eminent sports surgeon Professor Bill Ribbans last week, he suggested that this might be the era when titles and trophies are won on the operating table.
Liverpool fans, though, still have reasons to be cheerful.
Klopp has defended a title before – lifting the Bundesliga in successive seasons with Borussia Dortmund almost a decade ago.
And after three seasons which has seen the championship-winning team post points tallies of 100, 98 and 99 a more unpredictable Premier League means there might be a return to the days of when anything over 80 points put a team in serious contention.
Liverpool have also been to Chelsea, Everton and Manchester City – and picked up five points.
Three successive wins in the Champions League means qualification to the knock-out stages is all-but guaranteed with two of their final three group games at Anfield.
Klopp promised he would attack when asked how he was going to defend the title at the start of the season.
Without Van Dijk and Gomez he might not have another option.