5. Jurgen Norbert Klopp
Not only does he have a fantastic name, but Jurgen Klopp is a fantastic manager. The German tactician has overseen and inspired a revival at Liverpool and looks to be restoring the club to their former glory.
Klopp also has a point to prove after narrowly missing out on the trophy in 2013. Then, much like with Liverpool this season, he was in charge of an unfancied Dortmund side but guided them to the final, where they lost to an 89th-minute sucker punch. The manager on the opposing end that day was Jupp Heyneckes, who once again finds himself at the helm at Bayern Munich.
While Heyneckes and Real Madrid’s Zinedine Zidane have both tasted European glory, Klopp will be hungry for the chance to win the title. And he has the tactical edge to do just that. Without detracting from the achievements of his contemporaries, Klopp has built a legacy on his ability to turn an underdog into a champion, rather than inheriting a championship-winning side.
This Liverpool outfit have been built to suit Klopp’s playbook and the results have been clear to see. The club might not be fancied to win the title but the German is a pedigree manager and he will be the first to remind the super-powers that be that no club is bigger than Liverpool.