There’s a new manager coming to Merseyside and his name is Jurgen Klopp. Just days after Brendan Rodgers had been sacked by Liverpool, the club wasted no time in courting the former Borussia Dortmund manager.
Both sides agreed to a three-year deal on Thursday with Jurgen Klopp flying into Liverpool to sign the contract as soon as possible. The club will officially hold a press conference tomorrow morning at 10 a.m. to introduce Klopp.
Jurgen Klopp has made a name for himself as a manager after starting off his career with Mainz 05 for seven seasons. Then in 2008 he made the jump to Borussia Dortmund who were a mid table team in the Bundesliga at the time.
Once he took over, the team finished 6th in 2009 and then 5th in 2010 before dethroning Bayern Munich and winning back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012. Klopp also led the team to a Champions League final appearance the year after in 2013 but lost to Bayern Munich 2-1.
Brendan Rodgers was on the hot seat for the majority of this season before finally getting the hook after a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside Darby against Everton. Rodgers wasn’t a bad manager by any stretch, he was sound tactically and always even-keeled but what was his downfall was the transfer market.
That’s one of the reasons why Liverpool needed to go out and get Jurgen Klopp, he’s a bigger name who can attract world class talent along with having the ability to develop younger players in the squad. This was a move that Liverpool fans were clamoring for, and based on the last couple of managers that have been at the club it’s easy to see why.
Kenny Dalglish and Roy Hodgson simply weren’t good enough for such a high profile job. Brendan Rodgers should be commended for helping Liverpool climb to a 2nd place finish in 2013 but he couldn’t sustain such success. Now they will certainly have some managerial stability and their results should improve.
It’ll be very interesting to see how Jurgen Klopp adapts to the Premier League along with the expectations of the owners and fans of the club. Liverpool should be able to make a push for the top 4 this season and next season they’ll be expected to compete for a title and end their drought.
With the international break underway, Klopp’s first game for Liverpool will be on October 17th at White Hart Lane against Tottenham Hotspur.