Xabi Alonso: What I really think about Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp

Xabi Alonso gives his honest assessment on Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp

Xabi Alonso believes that Jurgen Klopp is the perfect man to lead Liverpool back to the top of English football.

The German coach is currently gearing up for his first full season in charge at Anfield after he was appointed as Brendan Rodgers’ successor last October.

Klopp’s side finished eighth in the Premier League table last season as they missed out on qualification for Europe for this term.

The Reds also lost cup finals to Manchester City and Sevilla as they ended the 2015-16 campaign without a trophy.

However, there is much optimism around Anfield following Klopp’s arrival – and former Liverpool midfielder Alonso believes that the former Borussia Dortmund coach is the right man to steer the club back to the pinnacle of the game.

Speaking in an interview with ESPN FC, Alonso – who clearly holds Liverpool close to his heart – said: “It’s important to find the right man.

“And I think that so far, in just a few months, he has embraced the Liverpool culture, what the club means, how the fans are, the passion you need to have to represent Liverpool.

“He’s a special character, I think, and that’s why he’s loving it so far. Hopefully, in the new season he can turn those good feelings into something more.”

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Liverpool kick off their Premier League campaign with a tricky trip to Emirates Stadium to take on Arsenal on 14 August.

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