Liverpool transfers: Robert Lewandowski runs rule over Jurgen Klopp

Liverpool target Robert Lewandowski says Jurgen Klopp is the perfect manager for the Reds

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Robert Lewandowski says Jurgen Klopp is the perfect manager for Liverpool.

The 48-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit earlier this month after he was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’s successor at Anfield.

Kloppo definitely has an idea of what he wants to do. This is the optimal club for him – and league also

Robert Lewandowski

Klopp has already been linked with a big-money move for Borussia Dortmund forward Marco Reus, whilst Bayern Munich striker Lewandowski has also been touted as a Liverpool target.

And the Poland international, who has scored 12 times in seven Bundesliga games this season, issued his backing for the new Liverpool manager.

“Kloppo fits perfectly with the Premier League,” Klopp told Goal. “At Liverpool he can make a difference with his positive thinking and sweep the players along with him.

“They will play really well and they will win. I can only wish him the best of luck. I know the team are not playing that well, but Kloppo definitely has an idea of what he wants to do. This is the optimal club for him – and league also.”

Klopp became Liverpool’s eighth manager of the Premier League era.

Jurgen Klopp fact-file

• Having spent his early playing career in the lower leagues and failing to break into Eintracht’s first team, Jurgen Klopp turned professional with Mainz, starting off as a striker before becoming a no-nonsense defender. Never played in the top flight but made 325 second-division appearances from 1990 to 2001, setting a club record by scoring 52 goals.

• Klopp was appointed Mainz’s caretaker coach on 28 February 2001, helping the club avoid relegation to the third tier. Duly won a permanent contract and built Mainz into one of the strongest clubs in the 2. Bundesliga; narrowly missed out on promotion in 2002 and 2003, Mainz losing out to Eintracht by a single goal in the latter campaign.

• Finally took Mainz into the top flight for the first time in 2004 and kept them in the Bundesliga until 2007, taking them into the 2005-06 Uefa Cup via the Fair Play ranking – they lost to eventual winners Sevilla in the first round.

• After another promotion near-miss in 2007-08, Klopp – whose enthusiasm and passion, plus work as a TV pundit, have made him popular all over Germany – left for Dortmund. Took them to sixth in his first season, led them into the Europa League the next year and then, with a squad full of exciting young talent, oversaw league title wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12, adding the German Cup in the latter campaign.

• Earned even greater admiration in the 2012-13 season as he steered Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final at Wembley, where they lost to Bayern Munich. Dortmund reached another domestic cup final in 2014, but again came up short against Bayern.

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