Monday 22 January 2018

Klopp coy on link to Anfield hotseat

Jurgen Klopp could be announced as the new Liverpool manager this weekend
Jurgen Klopp could be announced as the new Liverpool manager this weekend

Jurgen Klopp has refused to be drawn on speculation linking him with the managerial vacancy at Liverpool.

Klopp is the odds-on favourite to succeed Brendan Rodgers at Anfield with reports suggesting his appointment could be confirmed as early as this weekend.

However, when approached by a reporter from German newspaper, the 48-year-old refused to confirm claims that he is close to becoming Liverpool's new manager.

"There's nothing to say, neither this nor that. I'm driving home now," said Klopp.

It has been reported that the Reds have made a formal approach to the German and will hold further talks in the coming days in the hope of appointing him on a three-year deal before the end of the week.

Liverpool's pursuit of Klopp has received almost universal backing from those who know the German and believe he will be an ideal fit at Anfield.

Klopp has been touted as a candidate for the job for a number of years. He was the preferred candidate for club owners Fenway Sports Group back in 2012 but was at the peak of his success in Germany and could not be prised away, but now looks set to be handed the task of restoring Liverpool's fortunes, much as he did with Dortmund.

"He is a very good coach because he has a good mentality for it," Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke said.

"He has a good style of playing football and I don't know if he will go to Liverpool or to another club, but the club who gets him gets a very good manager.

"He can do every job, he can make every club (better) and Liverpool is very similar to Borussia Dortmund, it has the same structure and the same fans. It is a marvellous club.

"Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better, you can be sure.

"It is wonderful to work with him because he has a big understanding of the problems of the club."

Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann is convinced his compatriot is the perfect choice.

"He is the ideal candidate for the job. He is the one I would pick," he said. "The expectations and the mood couldn't be any further down than it is at the moment at Anfield so it is a great time to come."

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