Jamie Carragher runs rule over Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool targets
Former Reds defender Jamie Carragher discusses Jurgen Klopp's targets for Liverpool this season
Jamie Carragher says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp should target a top-four finish this season.
The 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund manager took over the reins of the Anfield club on Thursday evening after he penned a three-year deal with the 18-time English champions.
There may be one position open there. The big aim for Liverpool is to try and secure Champions League football next season
Klopp takes over the Liverpool side with the Merseyside outfit in 10th place and six points behind leaders Manchester City after a 1-1 draw with Everton in Sunday’s Merseyside derby.
And former Liverpool defender Carragher, who retired from professional football in 2013, explained what targets Klopp should be setting for the remainder of the 2014/15 campaign.
“He needs to get a win at Tottenham. He needs to start well,” Carragher told LFC TV.
“The league is still very open, especially in terms of the dreadful start Chelsea have made. Chelsea will fight for the top four whereas at the start of the season, you probably thought they’d win the Premier League.
“There may be one position open there. The big aim for Liverpool is to try and secure Champions League football next season.
“Of course, Liverpool are in three cup competitions, so he could get one of them. If he can get a trophy or a top four, I think it would be a great start to his career.”
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.