Liverpool has appointed Jurgen Klopp as their new manager after sacking Brendan Rodgers less than a week ago. Does Klopp have the chops to succeed where Rodgers didn’t?
Liverpool announced the appointment on Thursday on their website.
“Liverpool Football Club are delighted to announce Jurgen Klopp has been appointed as the club’s new manager.
“The German coach has signed a deal to take the helm at the Reds and will be presented at a press conference at Anfield on Friday morning.”
On paper, Klopp looks like a great fit for Liverpool. He took a slumping Dortmund and turned them into one of the most exciting clubs in Europe. He won two league titles and one German Cup title during his seven-year tenure. He got known as a manager who wasn’t afraid to let youngsters get a chance and take a spot on the squad. Mats Hummels, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze are just a few of the players that got their breakthrough under the tutelage of Klopp.
Klopp is known as one of the most animated managers on the European soccer scene, and is on par with managers like Jose Mourinho, Louis van Gaal, Arsene Wenger and Pep Guardiola. He has that unique ability of becoming bigger than the players and has always been very open with the media.
Liverpool has a past with some legendary managers such as Bill Shankly, Bob Paisley, Joe Fagan and Kenny Dalglish. These four managers won a slew of titles during their time at Anfield, and Klopp could become a club legend if he gets things turned around.
Brendan Rodgers was sacked because he failed to win any silverware during his three seasons in charge, and it always felt like the job was a little bit too big for him. Klopp will have no troubles dealing with the pressure that comes with being the manager of Liverpool Football Club. If anything, he will relish the challenge to make the club great once more.
Klopp advocates an entertaining style of soccer, and during his time at Dortmund they were one of the better counterattacking sides in Europe. Speed is key, and having players that are good on the ball and can get that first pass going to start the counter. He will have a decent squad to work with as he takes over the reigns, but it wouldn’t surprise anyone if he gets some money from the owners to do a little bit of shopping during the January transfer window to get some players that will fit into his high-tempo philosophy.
Two players that could really flourish under Klopp is Philippe Coutinho and Daniel Sturridge. They both possess a good amount of speed, and Coutinho has the ability to be the focal point in setting up the attacks. Sturridge is a very good striker when he’s healthy, so as long as he can stay fit, the new system should suit him.
There will surely pop up a bunch of rumors now surrounding players that Klopp had at Dortmund, and who knows, maybe he’ll put in a call to see if he can lure a player or two away from the Westfalenstadion and get them to Anfield.
Fans of the Reds have been relishing this appointment and Klopp will enjoy the full support of the Liverpool faithful. He might not be able to turn things around this season, but Liverpool will definitely be a team to look out for as Klopp implements his system. Pundits all over has hailed the signing as being a great step in the right direction for Liverpool, and now it’s up to Klopp to prove them right.