Liverpool is buzzing with the arrival of Jurgen Klopp, who did great things at Borussia Dortmund with limited resources.
The challenge for Klopp is that in Germany he was only competing with Bayern Munich, where in England he will face four or five teams that have the same financial resources of the German champions. So can Klopp repeat his success in Germany and give Liverpool’s its first Premier League title?
For all the glom and doom surrounding the Brendan Rodgers era at Anfield, when Klopp leads Liverpool out at White Hart Lane against Spurs on October 17, Liverpool will be just three points off a Champions League place. Klopp’s mere charisma and the excitement he infuses should be worth points even before his coaching kicks in.
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has made an instant impression on Merseyside by captivating both the media and supporters of the Anfield outfit during his official unveiling on Friday.
The former Borussia Dortmund coach spoke to Liverpool’s official in-house television channel before addressing a fawning media. Not since the arrival of Jose Mourinho (the first time) has the British media been so captivated about the arrival of a manager in the Premier League.
Klopp was his brilliant charming best at his introductory press conference and here are some of his best quotes:
Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson was the first person told of Brendan Rodgers’ sacking, and asked to pass on the message to his team-mates.
The Daily Mail report that Henderson was the one who informed Liverpool’s players of Rodgers’ sacking, presumably while stuffing his captain’s armband into his pocket and telling them to “get the f**k back”.
Rodgers was informed of his sacking by FSG president Mike Gordon, who then asked Henderson to relay the news to the rest of the squad.
“It was always thought that the owners would wait until Christmas and if they were not in the top six then they would have a decision to make,” the Mail reported.
Jurgen Klopp is expected to be unveiled as Liverpool’s new manager on Friday on a three-year contract.
It is clear that Klopp is the man that Fenway Sports Group want to replace Brendan Rodgers and with ongoing talks between the club and his advisors since Sunday, Liverpool are so confident of landing the charismatic German that they have begun planning his introductory press conference.
The former Dortmund boss is expected to bring his long-term assistants Zelkjo Buvac and Peter Krawietz with him to Anfield, But I expect Klopp to retain Gary McAllister, who was appointed by Rodgers in the summer, to give him a link to Liverpool’s famous history.
Cross one name off the list of possible successors to Brendan Rodgers as Carlo Ancelotti has reportedly ruled himself out of the running to be the next Liverpool boss.
The former Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid manager, who has been recovering from back surgery, was immediately named as one of the main contenders to take over from Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday just hours after a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
Brendan Rodgers was ultimately let go because this Liverpool side appears to be going backwards after challenging for the title only two years ago.
Rodgers supporters will point out that with the sales of Luis Suárez and Raheem Sterling, the departure of Steven Gerrard and the long-term injury to Daniel Sturridge that no team could afford to lose four top quality players like that without taking a step backwards.
The Rodgers detractors will point to the close to £300m that Liverpool spent during Rodgers tenure and how many of them turned into major disappointments. Of the 23 players that Liverpool signed, maybe three could be classified as a success; Sturridge, Coutinho and Can.
Following Liverpool’s derby day draw with Everton at Goodison Park, This is Anfield have rated the Liverpool players and have named Simon Mignolet as the Reds best player. Whoscored.com named Lucas as the Red’s best player on Sunday. Who did you think deserved the award?
Simon Mignolet (out of 10) – 7.5
Liverpool have the Belgian to thank for returning to Anfield with a point after an impressive shot-stopping performance from Mignolet.
The 27-year-old made two excellent saves in the first half and another from Romelu Lukaku in the scrappy second period, and though one moment of hesitancy with a high ball in the box, he was composed and decisive throughout. The Reds’ Man-of-the-Match.
Some interesting comments from former Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers literally minutes before he was sacked. Despite spending almost £300 million in just over three years in charge, Rodgers stresses there Liverpool are actually in a rebuilding mode having seen pivotal players like Luis Suarez and Steven Gerrard leave in recent seasons.
Liverpool have sacked manager Brendan Rodgers, barely an hour after the Red’s 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
A statement issued by the club read:
Liverpool Football Club has announced that Brendan Rodgers will leave his post with immediate effect after having his contract terminated. The process to appoint a new manager is underway.
The Northern Irishman joined Liverpool FC in June 2012 and helped the club mount a memorable title challenge in his second season, as well as helping to develop many exciting young players. LFC’s ownership have paid tribute and thanked Rodgers for his contribution.