Liverpool squad buzzing to work under Jurgen Klopp, says Stan Collymore
Stan Collymore says the Liverpool squad are buzzing to work under Jurgen Klopp
Stan Collymore says the Liverpool squad are buzzing to work under Jurgen Klopp.
The 48-year-old was named as Brendan Rodgers’s replacement on Thursday evening after the German put pen to paper on a three-year contract at Anfield.
There’s a genuine excitement about the fact Liverpool have landed a Category A manager, someone who is up there with a Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola
Klopp was previously linked to Arsenal, Chelsea and Manchester United after having led Borussia Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
Former Liverpool striker Collymore lifted the lid on a conversation that he shared with current Reds forward Daniel Sturridge earlier this weekend.
“I spent two hours with Daniel Sturridge on Friday and I can tell you he and the rest of his Liverpool pals are buzzing about Jurgen Klopp’s arrival,” Collymore wrote in his Daily Mirror column.
“Sturridge won’t meet his new gaffer until tomorrow but he had spoken to one of his assistants Zeljko Buvac, the man Klopp calls ‘The Brain’, that morning and can’t wait to get started under the new regime.
“There’s a genuine excitement about the fact Liverpool have landed a Category A manager, someone who is up there with a Jose Mourinho and Pep Guardiola.
“And with the bulk of the players who came so close to winning the title 18 months ago still at Anfield, there’s a belief among them that they could even surprise one or two people this time out.”
The German manager will face top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at White Hart Lane in his first game on 17 October.
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.