Liverpool transfers: Jurgen Klopp can attract top players, says Jamie Carragher
Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp will be able to attract top players to the Merseyside club
Jamie Carragher believes Jurgen Klopp will be able to attract top players to Liverpool.
The 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund manager has signed a three-year deal with the Reds on Thursday before he was introduced to the British media on Friday morning.
He’s got a charisma about him, he’s got a personality. I think we all saw that at Dortmund, he looked like someone as a player you’d like to play for
Liverpool have been linked with a move for Dortmund forward Marco Reus over the past 12 months, but a move for the Germany international failed to materialise.
Speaking to Sky Sports, former Liverpool centre-half Carragher explained how Klopp’s charisma will be able to attract big-name players to the Merseyside outfit in the future.
“He looks full of life,” Carragher told Sky Sports. “With the role at Sky [I have] now, I think he will be great for us, but most importantly he will be great for Liverpool.
“There’s no doubt that Liverpool have an A-class manager. In the past there was a fear we couldn’t attract players and managers of calibre, but if Real Madrid, Barcelona, Manchester United were looking for a new manager, he would come into the reckoning of all those clubs, so we’ve done very well to get him on board.
“We haven’t got the finances to compete with the top teams at the moment, and the reason you take on Klopp is that he is used to taking on the big boys financially in the transfer market. I think it suits Liverpool a lot more than Carlo Ancelotti, and there are parallels that can be drawn with Rafa Benitez, coming from Valencia.
“He’s got a charisma about him, he’s got a personality. I think we all saw that at Dortmund, he looked like someone as a player you’d like to play for. His personality and track record will hopefully bring players to the club – maybe some of the players at Dortmund. What players you can attract to the club is a big part of management.”
Klopp’s predecessor Brendan Rodgers spent nearly £100m on new signings in the summer transfer window.
The Northern Irishman snapped up Christian Benteke in a £32.5m deal from Aston Villa in July, making the Beglium international the club’s second most-expensive signing of all-time.
Rodgers also snapped up Roberto Firmino in a £29m deal from Hoffenheim.