Lambert: Why Klopp needs to thing quicker at Liverpool than Dortmund
Paul Lambert warns Jurgen Klopp that he will have to impact Liverpool quicker than Borussia Dortmund
Jurgen Klopp will need to have an impact at Liverpool quicker than he did at Borussia Dortmund, according to Paul Lambert.
The charismatic German manager is expected to be appointed as the new Reds boss by the end of the week after Liverpool sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday evening.
At Liverpool, everyone is thinking why they aren’t challenging. But Dortmund gave him the time to do that and everyone bought into it
Klopp took over at Dortmund in 2008 and he led them to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012 before losing to bitter rivals Bayern Munich in the Champions League final at Wembley in 2013.
But former Aston Villa and Norwich City boss Lambert, who got his Uefa coaching badges in the same intake as Klopp, warned the 48-year-old that Liverpool fans will expect an instant impact at Anfield.
“”The only difference I can see is that he’ll have to do things that little bit quicker because of the expectancy level of the Liverpool fans,” Lambert told Sky Sports.
“With the expectancy level at Liverpool, he’ll need to hit the ground running. Liverpool is in a transitional period but the fans will demand instant results.
“At Liverpool, everyone is thinking why they aren’t challenging. But Dortmund gave him the time to do that and everyone bought into it. Dortmund were really struggling when he took over and there was no expectancy.
“All of a sudden there are two titles, a cup and a Champions League final.”
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.