Ian Ayre: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp will get time to implement philosophy
The Liverpool chief executive says supporters must be patient with Jurgen Klopp
Ian Ayre says Jurgen Klopp will get time to implement his philosophy at Liverpool.
The charismatic German manager has signed a three-year contract with the Merseyside outfit to become their eighth boss in the Premier League era.
He’s very aware of the tools he has to work with at this stage and he’s very keen to get going
Klopp developed Borussia Dortmund into two-time Bundesliga champions during his seven-year spell in charge of the German side before he quit this summer.
Liverpool chief executive Ayre, who helped pinpoint Klopp as Brendan Rodgers’s successor, warned there will be a period of preparation and implementation.
Ayre told Liverpool’s website: “Any plan has a period of preparation, a period of implementation, and that will all take time. But he comes here with his eyes wide open, he knows our squad, he’s talked about the players – he talked about certain players in that group that he tried to sign himself as a manager at times.
“So he’s very aware of the tools he has to work with at this stage and he’s very keen to get going. If we look at his philosophy and the way his teams play, of course that will take a little bit of time to instil.
“Hopefully that happens sooner rather than later so that everybody sees it but we’re very pleased with his appointment, we’re very pleased with his objectives for the club and his ambitions, and I think the fans will be very excited to see it start to unfold.”
Klopp took Dortmund to six in his first season in 2009, 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.
He 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.