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Contemplating the possibility of Liverpool hiring Jurgen Klopp

Michael Skok     08 października, 2015

Ever since the inevitable sack of Brendan Rodgers from managing Liverpool, there has been one name mentioned time and time again as the potential replacement for Brendan Rodgers.

The former Borussia Dortmund icon is the likeliest name to take the reins of the Liverpool post. Famously, Jurgen Klopp led Borussia Dortmund to the Champions League final in the 2012-2013 season, beating Real Madrid 4-3 on aggregate in the semifinal before losing closely to Bayern Munich 2-1 in the final. Apart from that, he was won several league titles and domestic cups in the German league, often times besting the likes of Bayern Munich numerous times. He is also accredited to developing world-class talents; notably Robert Lewandowski, Marco Reus, Mario Goetze, and Ilkay Gundogen. Klopp would be a suitable choice for Liverpool, as Liverpool is in a similar state to what Dortmund once were under Klopp. This is a team just below the level of the “elite” in the league, and Klopp for one, can get more out of the team than a sum of its parts. What’s more, Liverpool is littered with talented players that have yet to reach their full potential. Emre Can, Phillip Coutinho, Roberto Firmino, Mamadou Sakho, and many others can benefit from someone known to develop talents into world-beaters. What also shouldn’t be underestimated is his personality. Much like the yellow wall of Dortmund, the Kop of Anfield can quickly become a culture of the club the German coach can almost immediately identify with.

Of course, there are drawbacks to the former Dortmund manager. Primarily, it is his tactical rigidity. As he made his name at Dortmund with his high pressing, counter-attacking strategy, it was this heavy use in the final season that led Dortmund to outside of the top four. As teams in the Bundesliga were able to anticipate these tactics, they themselves played defensive, counterattacking football. At that point, the Dortmund squad was losing points to teams that they would have normally beaten comfortably in seasons before. This will have to be something to for Liverpool fans to look at in the coming months (if Klopp is hired in the end). Teams in the BPL can also play a counterattacking style, as the make-ups of team like Swansea City, West Ham, and Crystal Palace have pacey wingers and capable strikers up front. Perhaps with Klopp, he has developed his repertoire of tactics.

In any case, it is an exciting prospect for Liverpool fans. Jurgen Klopp is someone who has one of the most impressive resumes in Europe. He has European experience, energetic, and enthusiastic with youth. This has the hallmarks of being a great fit for the Reds from Anfield.

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