Arsenal legend: Why Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp reminds me of Arsene Wenger
Former Arsenal centre-half Martin Keown runs the rule over Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
Martin Keown has likened Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp to his former head coach Arsene Wenger.
The Reds booked their place in the League Cup semi-final in January after a 6-1 victory over Southampton in St Mary’s on Wednesday night.
There is a real positivity about the club but, importantly, there is also a sense of direction. It was the same with Wenger
Liverpool have lost just once in 11 games in all competitions since Klopp took over the reins from Brendan Rodgers following October’s Merseyside derby.
And former Arsenal centre-half Keown says Klopp’s impact at Anfield reminds him of Wenger’s appointment at the north London side in 1996.
“Jurgen Klopp is such a charismatic character and we have all been very refreshed by his honesty and insight,” Keown told Daily Mail.
“I’m sure it’s the same with his players. He’s almost disarming with his smile but he is able to re-energise people and he is really bringing out the best in his squad.
“I saw a similar thing happen at Arsenal when Arsene Wenger arrived. It was quite a stern, tough environment but Wenger brought with him a very positive atmosphere. He encouraged every person to be themselves and he skilfully changed the feeling at the club.”
Keown added: “There is a real positivity about the club but, importantly, there is also a sense of direction. It was the same with Wenger. The atmosphere he created made everybody feel 10 feet tall but then there was always a plan to follow as well.”
The 48-year-old former Borussia Dortmund manager masterminded victories at defending champions Chelsea and leaders Manchester City in the Premier League.
Klopp has led Liverpool to sixth place in the Premier League table since 17 October, and a mere six points behind leaders City.
The Reds make the trip to Steve McClaren’s Newcastle United at St James’s Park in the Premier League on Sunday afternoon.