David Beckham makes worried claim about Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp
David Beckham runs the rule over Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp
David Beckham has admitted that he was worried that Jurgen Klopp could turn Liverpool into a dominant force again following his appointment last year.
The 48-year-old was named as Brendan Rodgers’s successor last October following Liverpool’s disappointing start to the 2015/16 Premier League campaign.
Klopp led the Reds to an eighth-place finish in what was a mixed domestic season, although Liverpool lost to Manchester City in the League Cup final and suffered a 3-1 defeat by Sevilla in the Europa League showpiece.
The German coach won two Bundesliga titles and two German Cups during his spell in charge of Borussia Dortmund, while the Westfalenstadion outfit finished as Champions League runners-up to Bayern Munich in 2013.
Former Manchester United midfielder Beckham explained why he was worried upon Klopp’s appointment as the Merseyside outfit’ new manager.
“When he first went in, I started to think, ‘this could be worrying as a Man United fan to see Liverpool coming back to being up there again with the big teams’,” Beckham told Sky Sports.
However, Beckham is less worried about Liverpool breaking out as a dominant force following the appointments of Jose Mourinho at United, Pep Guardiola at Manchester City and Antonio Conte at Chelsea.
“It makes it unpredictable, but with Klopp going in at Liverpool, you could see the change (last season),” Beckham added.
“But Jose (Mourinho) going to United and (Antonio) Conte going to Chelsea and Pep (Guardiola going to City) – who I love, I have been a big fan of his for so many years, both on the pitch and off the pitch, he does so much for a team. So it will be unpredictable, but I do think it will be one of those teams who will be champions at the end of the year.
“I am going to have to say United (will win the league). I will always be on that side of the fence.”
Liverpool will face Chelsea in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday.