Klopp is the right man for Liverpool

On-field leaders have important roles to play in football. To be successful, a team definitely needs a leader or two on the pitch. They need a player like Steven Gerrard, someone who can drive team spirit and morale of the team. I’m sure as soon as Jurgen Klopp gets down to business he will quickly decipher who shines through for him.

Jurgen Klopp has a first taste of Anfield. The newly appointed manager of Liverpool walks on the pitch with Liverpool chairman Tom Werner (centre) and chief executive Ian Ayre.   -  REUTERS

Steven Gerrard is a true team leader. He was the ultimate LFC captain, both on and off the pitch, a quality like that is rare.   -  REUTERS

It’s exciting times for the Liverpool Football Club family. The announcement of German Jurgen Klopp as the club’s next manager has surely brought a lot of joy to the very many supporters of the iconic club. I personally think, the maverick German is the right man for the club. He has definitely got the right credentials to join the illustrious list of Reds’ managers.

He has true passion for the game. This has been made abundantly evident by his emotional involvement with his previous club Borussia Dortmund. The Liverpool fans want such characters — they want someone, who is as passionate about the club and winning as they are. With this comes respect.

Like any other professional club, the aim at Liverpool is to win the League. So, of course, like any other manager his goal will be to bring the Premier League title back to Anfield. But, the club and Klopp need to take one step at a time. Liverpool’s aim for the ongoing season is to finish in the top four in the League, ensuring a return to the Champions League field, and also win a trophy, either the FA Cup or the League Cup.

Liverpool fans are among the most heartfelt and ambitious in the world. You need to just walk into Anfield to feel that. Hence, Klopp will need to deliver some success in his first season to cement a lasting relationship with the fans.

I think the 48-year-old German will take little time to settle into the rigours of the Premier League. To be honest, in my opinion the Bundesliga is the closest to the EPL in the way football is played. Both the Leagues have extremely fast paced 90 minutes of action. The pace in Germany and England is always much faster compared to other leagues in Europe.

On-field leaders have important roles to play in football. To be successful, a team definitely needs a leader or two on the pitch. They need a player like Steven Gerrard, someone who can drive team spirit and morale of the team. I’m sure as soon as Klopp gets down to business he will quickly decipher who shines through for him. He will work closely with the players every day in training, which to me is one of the most important parts of the game. Knowing your players extremely well and building that connection early on is often the key to a manager’s success.

It is needless to say that, like everyone else, Klopp too will miss the services of Gerrard. He, as I mentioned earlier, is a true team leader. He was the ultimate LFC captain, both on and off the pitch, a quality like that is rare.

It’s always good for a team to have a local lad come through the system and bring with him the passion of a fanatic fan to the pitch.

It will be nice for the new manager to have someone connected with the club on his side as part of his support staff. The person can help the manager to understand the ethos and passion of the club better. But I’m sure Klopp has done his homework and is aware of the history of the club, which is vitally important for the Liverpool supporters. Liverpool are a family club and everyone is behind him and will surely make him feel very welcome.

Liverpool, during the reign of Brendan Rodgers, lost two of their brightest stars, Luis Suarez and Raheem Sterling and the team failed to fire without them. The departures of Luis and Raheem were matters of management. No matter what happens in management, it is always reassuring to know that a manager can get on with things irrespective of whatever comes his way.

He can adapt to any situation regardless of the way things are usually run. It’s about being tactful in your thinking and weathering the storms in between. The club and fans will elevate Klopp in a way like no other, that’s what makes this club so special.

Welcome Jurgen to the Kop!