Jurgen Klopp turns nobodies into world-class players, says Liverpool legend
Dietmar Hamann explains how Jurgen Klopp will get best out of Liverpool squad
Jurgen Klopp can turn nobodies into world-class players, according to Dietmar Hamann.
Liverpool are expected to appoint Klopp on Friday after the Reds sacked Brendan Rodgers following a 1-1 draw with Everton on Sunday afternoon.
I want him to bring the best out of players, and he did that at Dortmund and I’m pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool
Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and to the Champions League final during a seven-year reign at the German club before he quit this summer.
The 48-year-old manager turned midfielders Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze into top talents during his spell in charge of Dortmund.
Former Liverpool midfielder Hamann, who won the Champions League in 2005, explained how Klopp can bring the best out of the current Reds squad.
“If you look at his Dortmund team, he brought these players in and he got the best out of them,” Hamann told talkSPORT.
“There were three players in recent years he turned from nobodies into world-class players and all three of them left – Nuri Sahin, Shinji Kagawa and Mario Gotze. They all left the club and they all failed. So that means he brings out the best of players.
“People say his players leave and can’t play in a different system. No, no, I’m not interested in what players do when they leave Liverpool, I want him to bring the best out of players, and he did that at Dortmund and I’m pretty sure he will do it at Liverpool.
“And if you’re not on board and you’re not prepared to sacrifice yourself for the team then I don’t think you’ve got a future at Liverpool.”
Klopp took Dortmund 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 UEFA Champions League final at Wembley, where they lost to Bayern München. Dortmund reached another domestic cup final in 2014, but again came up short against Bayern.