Dietmar Hamann: Jurgen Klopp will give Liverpool character
Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann says the Reds lacked character under Brendan Rodgers
Dietmar Hamann says Jurgen Klopp will give Liverpool much-needed character.
The charismatic German coach is expected to be appointed as the new Reds manager on Friday after holding talks with the 18-time English champions.
If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off. They didn’t try to go through the door. They knocked on it and ran off
Liverpool finished in the top four once in three seasons during Brendan Rodgers’s reign, whilst the Northern Irishman left the Reds in tenth place.
The 43-year-old regularly talked up the character of his Liverpool squad during post-match interviews, but former Germany midfielder Hamann believes explained why he felt Rodgers’s men lack willpower.
“My biggest criticism of Brendan Rodgers’ team was he was telling us how much character the team had got, but if it was lacking one thing it was character,” Hamann told talkSPORT.
“Every time the chips were down they failed. They got battered by Aston Villa at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, they lost in the semi-final of the League Cup to Chelsea, they got knocked out of a Champions League group that included Ludogorets and Basel, they lost a League title they should have won – with three games to go it was almost impossible they could lose it – but it’s worth nothing if you fall at the last hurdle and don’t take that next step.
“If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off. They didn’t try to go through the door. They knocked on it and ran off.
Hamannn added: “That team was lacking character and I don’t think you’ll see that with Klopp because he believes in hard work and the players will have to go back to their roots because you’ve got to work hard and then you can start playing football.
“I think at Liverpool in recent years it was the other way around. We played football and then, if we had to compete, we did so. But by then it was too late.”
Liverpool are in tenth place and six points behind leaders Manchester City after a 1-1 draw with Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
Klopp is the favourite to land the Liverpool role after former Chelsea and Manchester City manager Carlo Ancelotti ruled himself out of contention.
The German guided Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles and the Champions League final during his seven-year reign at the Bundesliga club.