Following much speculation after the unceremonious sacking of Brendan Rodgers, it has been confirmed that German manager Jurgen Klopp will take over coaching duties for Liverpool for the remainder of the season.
The club has parted ways with Rodgers after little more than three and a half years at Anfield. The Northern Irish coach exploded onto the scene as one of the young managers to watch out for following his early success with Swansea City. Rodgers took Liverpool to new heights and came just within reach of finally grasping the Premier League trophy that has eluded the club for so long but to no avail. The club ultimately decided to part ways with the coach.
He was fired on October 4, 2015 despite a 2013-14 season that saw him take the team to second place in the Premier League, score 101 goals (the club’s most in over 100 years), and win the LMA Manager of the Year Award (the first Liverpool manager to do so in the history of the honour). His dismissal was largely based on a disappointing start to the season and more than three years without any silverware.
The club has now brought in German manager Jurgen Klopp in the hopes of righting the ship for the Reds. Klopp has officially agreed to a three-year deal as the new Liverpool manager and plans to sign the contract during his visit later this week. He was highly successful during his time at Bundesliga club Borussia Dortmund, winning two league titles and the club’s first ever domestic double. After two disappointing seasons, though, Klopp announced he would resign as manager of Dortmund at the end of the 2014-15 season. The manager’s sabbatical didn’t last long however, and he was quickly called up to save a Liverpool team that currently sits in a disappointing 10th place.
We’ll be curious to see how the signing of Klopp will affect Liverpool’s odds for the rest of the season but it certainly couldn’t hurt. One of the most important goals for Klopp will be getting the team back into a position to play European soccer, for which the team is currently getting 12/5 odds. Klopp will be only the second German manager to coach in the Premier League. Felix Magath of Wolfsburg was the first Deutschlander to try his luck in England but was fired from Fulham after only seven months on the job. Klopp, like Rodgers before him, has a reputation for doing a lot with very little and could very well turn things around for Liverpool. Despite the limited history of German coaches in England, Klopp is finding support from some of the most respected names in the sport.
In an interview with German magazine Kicker, former Manchester United boss Sir Alex Ferguson said he is confident that Klopp can succeed in the English leagues and noted the diversity of coaches currently populating the top tier. “Scots, Portuguese, Spanish, French and Italians work successfully here so why not Germans?” said Ferguson. “There’s no reason why they couldn’t approach it with confidence.”
Klopp’s first game in charge of the squad will be a tough match against Tottenham Hotspur on 17 October.