Liverpool are set to hand the keys to the kingdom to Jurgen Klopp, the highly acclaimed German coach. With the Brendan Rodgers era ending abruptly earlier this week, The Reds may have found their perfect match in Klopp, who led former club Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and the 2013 Champions League final. According to several reports, the 48-year-old Klopp is expected on Merseyside on Thursday to finalize terms with the iconic Anfield club.
Klopp was first considered following strong endorsement by German icons Franz Beckenbauer and Oliver Kahn. “I think Klopp is best for the club,” Beckenbauer told BBC Radio 5 live. “It’s a fantastic combination. He can achieve similar things like he did with Dortmund. Jurgen will find out what the problem is there. Klopp and Liverpool will be a good couple,” added the former World Cup winner.
Carlo Ancelotti, the ex-Chelsea boss, was also in consideration until Tuesday. However, former Liverpool legend Didi Hamman’s endorsement of Klopp seems to have sealed the deal for the German. Hamann, a World Cup finalist playing for Germany, is familiar with Klopp after following his career with Dortmund and believes he and the Reds are a perfect fit.
“With Jurgen, you get what you see and hear – he is not the most diplomatic, he really does show his emotions and talk straight; and that is why people really take to him. I think England, and Liverpool, is the perfect fit for him, because of his honesty, and because of the way he sets up his teams,” Hamman told Mirror Sport.
Meanwhile, outgoing manager Brendan Rodgers issued a statement via the League Managers’ Association, defending his three-year stint with The Reds. “I have worked every day to represent the club to the best of my ability, to develop both individual players and a team that the club’s magnificent fans can be proud of,” said the Northern Irishman.
Rodgers, who took over in June 2012, led the Reds to notch 2nd place in the Premier League in 2013-14. Liverpool’s passionate fans will hope that Klopp can revitalize the club and restore its legacy.