It’s official. Liverpool has a new boss. Jurgen Klopp, the charismatic former manager of Borussia Dortmund, has been handed the reigns of The Reds.
Klopp must be feeling a sense of déjà vu. When he took over as coach of Dortmund in 2008, the German club were languishing at 13th place in the Bundesliga table. Few years later, Klopp led them to two league titles and a chance to play for the 2013 Champions League final.
Fast forward to 2015, and Klopp takes over Liverpool, who too are struggling at 10th place in the EPL table. The question is: will Klopp be able to turn things around in Anfield?
The 48-year-old German replaces Brendan Rodgers, who was fired last Sunday after three and a half years with Liverpool. Klopp’s three-year deal will fetch him £5 million a year, rising to £7 million with bonuses for a Premier League title or Champions League qualification.
Klopp takes over a hapless Liverpool unit who have won only four of their 11 games in all competitions this season. Due to the ongoing international break, Klopp’s first game in charge will come in the form of a trip to Tottenham in the Premier League on 17 October.
In Dortmund, Klopp is viewed as a savior. In 2005, Dortmund filed for bankruptcy and we looking for a way forward. Klopp was the man to provide it. “They had to regain vitality,” he said in an interview with El Pais. “And they looked for a coach that was full of life, that played a bright style of football, that had fun, that laughed…”
Liverpool’s fanbase could use a bit of charisma and laughter after a sustained period of misery.
— Liverpool FC (@LFC) October 8, 2015