Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool heralded some much-needed positivity after the Reds’ less than impressive opening to the 2015/16 season under Brendan Rodgers.
The Northern Irishman has since, however, turned his career around and now heads into a Scottish Cup final later this month having already brought the league title to Celtic in what is so far an unbeaten season in the league.
With all that said, most Reds fans would not want their old manager back given the level of admiration laid at the feet of Klopp, with his side now on the brink of Champions League qualification.
The fan fare surrounding the German may be just a little too hyperbolic though, particularly when focusing on the records of each manager after the same number of games in charge at Anfield.
Up until Liverpool’s clash with Southampton on Sunday, the pair had an identical record.
Brendan Rodgers after 65 #PL Liverpool games: W33 D18 L14 (117 pts)
— Match of the Day (@BBCMOTD) May 7, 2017
Of course Klopp’s men ultimately drew 0-0 with the Saints and now have Manchester City breathing down their necks.
Meanwhile, Rodgers can look forward to a long-term arrangement with the Glasgow club and what will most likely be another title for the Hoops next season should they bolster their talented squad.
Klopp may yet move far clear of his predecessor in terms of silverware and European success but for now hype around his opening games as Reds boss may need to be tempered.
Rob Lyons, Pundit Arena