Gary Neville breaks silence on new Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp

Manchester United legend Gary Neville says it feels like Liverpool have to impress Jurgen Klopp

The Sport Review staff
By The Sport Review staff

Gary Neville has urged Liverpool to stop fawning over their new manager Jurgen Klopp.

The 48-year-old German head coach signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit last week after Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers.

It’s almost as if Liverpool Football Club feels blessed to have him – and I’m uncomfortable with that

Gary Neville

The former Mainz manager led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga crowns in 2011 and 2012, and new Liverpool boss Klopp has already promised to deliver a title within four years.

But former Manchester United defender Neville attempted to play down the hype surrounding the new Liverpool manager, pointing out that 48-year-old is yet to win a game in the Premier League.

Neville wrote in his Daily Telegraph column: “On the internet I came across ex-Liverpool players saying this was ‘a marriage made in heaven’ and ‘it’s giving me goosebumps.’

“Well, I’m not a Liverpool fan. I get that. I understand the intrigue and the excitement around a new manager, but I’m also thinking: if we go back to original principles, it was about managers having to prove themselves, players having to prove themselves, people in life having to prove themselves.

“Now, we elevate people to the status of exotic creatures.”

The former England defender added that Klopp should have the burden of impressing Liverpool and not the other way round.

“Of course there would be a fanfare, and excitement,” Neville added.

“But there would also be pressure on him. Here, it’s almost as if Liverpool Football Club feels blessed to have him – and I’m uncomfortable with that.”

The 18-time English champions are languishing in 10th place in the Premier League table following Sunday’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.

The Reds are six points behind leaders Manchester City.

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Klopp’s Liverpool side will face Tottenham Hotspur in their first Premier League game at White Hart Lane on Saturday.


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