Jamie Carragher: Why Jurgen Klopp is right man for Liverpool
The former Liverpool defender wants Jurgen Klopp ahead of Carlo Ancelotti
Jamie Carragher has urged Liverpool to appoint Jurgen Klopp ahead of Carlo Ancelotti.
The defender’s former club sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday evening after a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby at Goodison Park left the Reds in 10th place in the table.
Former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp is the heavy favourite to succeed Rodgers, whilst Ancelotti has also been linked with the vacant position.
I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get Liverpool back where they want to be. I think Jurgen Klopp’s that man
But Carragher, who played under Rodgers for one season before retiring in May 2013, believes the charismatic German is more suited to managing Liverpool.
“If it was me, I’d go for Klopp ahead of Ancelotti,” Carragher told Sky Sports.
“He’s got more to prove. Liverpool is not an easy job now. Ancelotti’s a great manager of course but he’s gone to clubs where you’d expect to win trophies.
“It’s a difficult job now at Liverpool, getting back into the top four, forget talking about the title. I think it needs someone with that energy and drive to get Liverpool back where they want to be. I think Jurgen Klopp’s that man.”
‘Kloppo’, as he is known in Germany, 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.
He 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 Uuefa 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.
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.