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Friday 9 December 2016

Jurgen Klopp wants full control of transfers at Liverpool before accepting job

Jurgen Klopp is set to be unveiled as the new Liverpool manager this weekend
Jurgen Klopp is set to be unveiled as the new Liverpool manager this weekend

Jurgen Klopp will demand "full control" of Liverpool's transfer spending before he accepts the job of replacing Brendan Rodgers.

That is according to former Borussia Dortmund player Paul Lambert, who studied alongside Klopp for their UEFA pro licences.

The Scot also believes Klopp will generate a "feel good factor" around Anfield, that his personality will prove "infectious" and he will help Liverpool players "run that extra yard" with the Reds set to unveil the 48-year-old as their new boss tomorrow.

Badges

Lambert said: "We did our coaching badges together, he's really funny to be around, he's a big character in the game and very infectious - but when it comes to football he's serious and he's got a really good backroom staff. He's a top, top guy."

Lambert, a Champions League winner with Dortmund in 1997, had hung up his boots before Klopp embarked upon his successful managerial career but he kept in touch, spoke to him ahead of Dortmund's Champions League final appearance at Wembley in 2013 and after being sacked as Aston Villa boss earlier this year spent nine days watching Dortmund's training methods.

"If you look back at his really successful time at Dortmund a lot of his game was based on the amount of mileage they could cover on the pitch," added Lambert. "They covered the ground and nobody could outrun them.

"I remember talking to him just before the Champions League final at Wembley and he said to me 'We have to score in maybe 30-35 minutes of this game because if we don't do then Bayern's experience will start to come through and it will be really difficult for us.' I think he will demand the same at Liverpool, he will get players who will be able to do what he wants to do, and that is cover the ground."

Powerful

Klopp will seek an end to Liverpool's transfer committee in a bid to gain full control over signing the players he believes will take the club back to the top. "When you first go into a job that's when you're at your most powerful, and I think he will be saying 'I'll come, but only if I get full control' and I think Liverpool have to say okay, especially if you're pulling someone as big as him to come to your club to do it," said Lambert.

"He will get the feelgood factor there, he will get that enthusiasm that he generates to the crowd and that will go from the stadium onto the pitch, and that will help the lads run that extra yard.

"Dortmund have a massive fan base so going to Liverpool is not going to change him but he knows the history behind Liverpool, he will know exactly what he's going to walk in to.

"He has a really good backroom staff if he brings the two lads with him, he will know exactly what to expect."

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