Jermaine Jenas: Why Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp reminds me of Man United legend
Jermaine Jenas says Jurgen Klopp isn't reliant on one Liverpool star
Jermaine Jenas says Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp reminds him of Manchester United great Sir Alex Ferguson.
The Reds boss masterminded his best win since taking over the reins at Anfield from Brendan Rodgers on Saturday evening after a 4-1 win against Manchester City at The Etihad.
For Klopp, losing Sterling in the summer would not have been a big issue – and consequently you would have avoided the circus surrounding the transfer
Klopp surprised some with his starting line-up after the 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund manager left strikers Christian Benteke and Daniel Sturridge on the bench.
Former Tottenham midfielder Jenas believes it is refreshing that Klopp isn’t reliant on one superstar, unlike his predecessor.
“I haven’t seen a manager with that level of confidence since Sir Alex Ferguson,” Jenas wrote in his Yahoo Sport blog.
“Whether you were David Beckham, Roy Keane, Ryan Giggs or anyone else, no one was ever bigger than Ferguson at Manchester United. And whoever came in would have to play Ferguson’s way.
“A lot of managers might come into clubs with that same intention, but it doesn’t often work out as planned. Any manager who is too domineering risks upsetting individuals in his team, but Klopp seems to be one of the few who can pull it off.”
Jenas added that Klopp would have been able to cope with the departure of Raheem Sterling to City in the summer, insisting the German is capable of transforming players to suit his system.
“For Klopp, losing Sterling in the summer would not have been a big issue – and consequently you would have avoided the circus surrounding the transfer – because he would just see it as an opportunity to buy somebody else and create another Sterling, or someone better,” Jenas added.
“And he can point to his track record at Borussia Dortmund in doing exactly that. He doesn’t rely on players because he knows he has the ability to transform a player within his system.”
Liverpool are six points behind fourth-placed Arsenal following their 4-1 win at The Etihad.
The Reds have beaten Chelsea and City in their last two Premier League games on the road.