Jamie Carragher: Jurgen Klopp statement of intent for Liverpool
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool have made real statement of intent appointing Jurgen Klopp
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool’s appointment of Jurgen Klopp is a real statement of intent.
The 48-year-old signed a three-year deal with the Merseyside outfit on Thursday evening to become their eighth manager of the Premier League era.
In the last five or six years there was a fear that Liverpool could not attract the absolute top players and managers
Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers after a 1-1 draw with Everton in last weekend’s Merseyside derby, which left the Reds in tenth place and six points behind leaders Manchester City.
And Carragher, who likened Klopp to former Liverpool manager Rafael Benitez, praised Liverpool for managing to land the ex-Borussia Dortmund boss.
Carragher told Daily Mail: “This is a real statement from the club. Two of Liverpool’s previous three managers came from Fulham [Roy Hodgson] and Swansea [Rodgers] while the other – Kenny Dalglish – hadn’t been in management for a long time.
“In the last five or six years there was a fear that Liverpool could not attract the absolute top players and managers, but if Barcelona or Manchester United had been looking for a new boss last summer Klopp would have been in the reckoning, so Liverpool have done very well to get him.”
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.
Klopp’s Liverpool side will face Tottenham Hotspur in their first Premier League game at White Hart Lane on 17 October.