John Arne Riise: Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp gives me goosebumps
Former Liverpool defender John Arne Riise runs rule over new Reds manager Jurgen Klopp
John Arne Riise says watching Jurgen Klopp speak at his first Liverpool media conference gave him goose bumps.
The 48-year-old head coach was named as the new Reds manager on Thursday evening after the Merseyside outfit sacked Brendan Rodgers following a stalemate with Everton earlier this month.
They couldn’t have got a better manager than Jurgen Klopp. The whole club, the fans and the players have been given a real boost and I think they will fight for him but he needs to be given time
John Arne Riise
Klopp faced the British media for the first time on Friday morning and impressed as the former Borussia Dortmund manager described himself as “the Normal One”.
Former Liverpool defender Riise, who was part of Rafael Bentiez’s Champions League-winning side in 2005, believes Klopp is a perfect fit for the 18-time English champions.
“Jurgen Klopp has lifted the Kop,” Riise told Sky Sports. “Now the belief is back.
“I’m very excited and I think he’s the right man to change things around. His press conference and interviews were amazing. It gave me goosebumps watching how he spoke.
“If his actions and the performances replicate the way he spoke in the press conference then things are looking very good.
“Anfield needs to be a place where people fear coming to play. When I played at Liverpool, opposition teams were afraid to come there because of the fans and the way the team played.
“Klopp said he wants his team to go at 100 per cent from the start for the full 90 minutes and I think the players will need to be fit, strong and ready to to dig deep.
“They couldn’t have got a better manager than Jurgen Klopp. The whole club, the fans and the players have been given a real boost and I think they will fight for him but he needs to be given time.”
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.