Jamie Carragher: Why Liverpool FC squad love ‘special’ Jurgen Klopp
The Liverpool FC legend opens up about Jurgen Klopp
Jamie Carragher believes Liverpool FC boss Jurgen Klopp is a rare breed of manager.
The Reds turned to the former Borussia Dortmund head coach in October 2015 following his appointment as Brendan Rodgers’ successor.
Liverpool FC have made significant progress in Klopp’s second full season in charge of the 18-time English champions.
The Reds are on course to finish in the Premier League’s top four in successive campaigns, although Liverpool FC will have to see of Chelsea FC’s late challenge.
The Merseyside outfit booked their place in the Champions League semi-finals thanks to Liverpool FC’s 5-1 win against Premier League title holders Manchester City.
The Reds eased to a resounding 5-2 victory over AS Roma in the first leg of their Champions League semi-final at Anfield last weekend ahead of the return fixture.
Speaking to Goal.com ahead of Liverpool FC’s second leg at AS Roma on Wednesday night, former Reds defender Carragher said:
“He’s a special manager. He gets pigeon-holed. He’s seen as a motivator, he whips the crowd up and the players run round like headless chickens for him.
“It’s a load of nonsense. You don’t manage at that level, with different clubs, and get the performances he gets, without being a special manager. Of course a big part of it is his character, his enthusiasm. You’d imagine the players love him, and that is rare.
“You may respect your manager, but I think these players respect him and they love him. I’ve enjoyed being in his company when I’ve had the chance. He’s a great character, you can see why players would love to play for him. I definitely would!”
Liverpool FC have reached the Europa League and League Cup final in 2015-16 season following losses to Sevilla and Manchester City.
The Reds signed Netherlands international Virgil van Dijk in a £75m deal from Southampton in the January transfer window.
The Merseyside outfit haven’t won the Premier League title.