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Sunday 16 December 2018

Klopp like new Shankly

Ray Clemence.
Ray Clemence.

Former Liverpool goalkeeper Ray Clemence believes Jurgen Klopp is the closest thing the club have had to the great Bill Shankly.

Clemence was signed by Shankly in 1967 and went on to win the First Division championship, FA Cup and UEFA Cup under the Scot before he handed over the reins to Bob Paisley.

Shankly always said his one regret was not winning the European Cup during his 15-year reign but Klopp has the chance to do it against Real Madrid in Kiev in only his third season in charge.

"What I've seen is that Jurgen Klopp is the nearest thing, there's no way he's Bill Shankly, put it like that," said Clemence. "But in terms of the relationship he's got between himself and the players and the fans, (he did) exactly what Bill Shankly did. He pulled the club all together, so it was one strong unit."

Clemence was in goal when Liverpool finally won their first European Cup, beating Borussia Monchengladbach in Rome's Stadio Olimpico in 1977.

Thousands of fans travelled to that game, as they are doing to Kiev, and Clemence admits that had a huge impact on the players.

He said: "We'd been told there were going to be 11,000 fans there. We went out into the stadium beforehand to sample the atmosphere - and there were 26,000 people there."

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