With many Liverpool fans wanting a new manager in place of Roy Hodgson, a couple of names have cropped up in recent days that would surprise a few people. Although definitely outsiders for the job if it became available, German managers Joachim Loew and Jurgen Klopp have both been mentioned on Reds forums as well as on this website. One of the most significant reasons as to why both have been mentioned is that they both play attacking football. In addition to this they are both young with fresh new ideas and approaches, and they have experience of developing young players, a priority for the Fenway Sports Group.
Joachim Loew – Most will know Loew as being the manager who guided Germany to a 4-1 victory over England in the summer. His teams play good, pacey modern football and are lightning quick on the counter-attack. He has nurtured players such as Mesut Ozil, Manuel Neuer, Sami Khedira and Thomas Muller to become top internationals at senior level, and some feel he could just be as effective at Liverpool.
His record as an international manager is not too shabby, guiding Germany to the European Championship final in his first major tournament as manager in Euro 2008 losing only 1-0 to Spain, while he guided Germany to 3rd place in last summer’s World Cup, losing out to Spain again in the semi-finals. His four goal victories against Argentina and England were for some, the highlights of a pretty drab tournament. Rather than be their old mechanical and solid selves, Low has carried on where Jurgen Klinsmann took off by encouraging an attacking style of play from Germany, which many would like to see at Anfield. For all the good qualities of previous managers Gerard Houllier and Rafa Benitez, priority was always given to defence rather than attack, and some Reds such as myself would love a return to the exciting Liverpool sides of the late 80s.
There could be question marks over his club experience but Low has experience here as well. He guided Stuttgart to the Cup Winners Cup final back in 1996 after winning the National Cup the season before. He also finished fourth in the league during the season he led the German club to the European final.
Jurgen Klopp – Klopp’s name will come entirely from left field for some Reds fans but the young German manager has been making a name for himself at Borussia Dortmund this season. Dortmund are currently top of the Bundesliga, 10 points ahead of second, and a staggering 14 ahead of Bayern Munich. He started life as a manager at German minnows Mainz after playing for the club for 11 years, and during his 8 year spell, he got the team promoted to Bundesliga for the first time in its history, getting them qualified for the UEFA Cup in the 2004/05 campaign.
After relegation and resigning after failing to regain promotion, he signed to become Dortmund’s manager in May 2008. In his first season he finished 6th in the league before going one better by finishing 5th last season. This season has however seen Klopp’s side mature and his team now top the Bundesliga. The team have only failed to score 2 goals or more in 2 league matches this season and they have scored 4 goals or more on a staggering 5 occasions so far this campaign. A bit different to drab 0-0 draws against FC Utrecht.
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