Jurgen Klopp’s arrival at Liverpool has been greeted with much acclaim by Liverpool fans. Based on his record in the Bundesliga it is clear to see why he was the clear favourite. Indeed, as soon as he announced his decision to leave Dortmund halfway through last season there was only one likely destination. Klopp had expressed his desire to manage in the Premier League. Chelsea are not going to let Mourinho go (or weren’t last season). Manchester City have their eyes on Guardiola as Pellegrini’s replacement. Arsene Wenger will never be replaced (as fourth place is like winning the league)… and Manchester United opted for an old head (and old tactics) with Van Gaal, meaning Klopp’s style will be too greater shift when he does retire, or gets pushed out after failing to win anything in three years. Rodgers knew he was walking a tightrope and except for Klopp’s desire to have a sabbatical, would have been replaced in the summer.
Even the Twittersphere was full of positivity for Klopp’s appointment. There was genuine disappointment amongst other Premiership fans, that Klopp was now Liverpool manager and ultimately their ‘soon-to-be’ figure of hate.
Klopp appears to be the perfect appointment. Whereas Rodgers was a bold move by the Fenway Group, giving a young, talented British manager a chance at the highest level, he had no winning pedigree, no trophies. What Klopp achieved at Dortmund mirrors what Liverpool require. He took a Dortmund team that had fallen from greatness and despite not having the financial power of Bayern (replace with the big four in England) he transformed them into Bundesliga winners on two occasions and a force to be reckoned with in Europe. His much lauded philosophy, to play high-octane, attractive football, was one of the major contributing factors in changing how Barcelona, their wannabees, and Guardiola’s new team, adapted their Tiki Taca style. Klopp, along with Joachim Low and Klinsmann, were part of a new breed of German coaches that changed the entire philosophy of a nation’s playing style after dismal performances in two European Championships (2000 and 2004). In doing so, they have managed World Champions, League winners and helped develop genuine world class footballers.
In contrast, Britain’s new breed of coaches are yet to hit those same dizzy heights; Rodgers, Lambert, Sherwood, Pearce and Southgate.
Liverpool and their fans welcome a German manager to the helm for the first time. If you cast your mind back to the defensive and deconstructive approach associated with German football, the thought of that would have left the Kop aghast, but it shows how much Klopp, and his compatriots, have done for the modern game, that the 48-year-old is heralded as the saviour, and the perfect match, for a club recognised across the world as one of the leaders in attacking, attractive football.