Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has praised Jurgen Klopp in the highest regard that he possibly could by comparing him to the great Bill Shankly.
The German tactician took over from Brendan Rodgers in 2015 and has completely revolutionised the club on and off the pitch, guiding us to a Europa League final after a few months in charge and a Champions League final two years later in only his second full season as manager.8
Klopp has gone on to secure our sixth European crown in Madrid last year and did what no other manager has managed to do by securing our first league title in 30 years last season.
In his own right, he deserves such an accolade as Carragher went into more detail as to why he believes that Klopp is at the same level as Shankly was during his time at the helm.
“He’s got a special personality,” he told CNN. “If you go back to Liverpool managers, you go back to Bill Shankly. He was a great football manager — there are other great football managers — but he had something special in his personality that the people of Liverpool just grabbed hold of,”
“[Klopp’s] got a way with words, going back to, as I said, the 60s with Shankly and there’s just something special. I think when we look back at his time he’s going to be on that pedestal with those other managers and it’s not just his ability to understand the game.
“It’s not just for Liverpool, he’s been loved at the other clubs he has been at before. That’s why Liverpool brought him here and he’s just got a connection now with the city and the people of it, where he almost feels like a German Scouser, shall we say?”
I couldn’t agree more. Klopp has been a breath of fresh air ever since he walked through the doors of Melwood for the first time and his personality has embedded itself throughout the club.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager deserves the success he has had in recent years with us, especially on a personal level, after his miserable run of cup final defeats with other clubs.
Winning the Champions League was enough to stitch him into Anfield fabric after the rich history our club has with that competition. But to win the Premier League on top of that, he is easily one of the greatest managers Liverpool have ever had.
If we can keep winning the big trophies, there is no doubt my mind that this will further establish this fact.