One of our best midfielders of the 21st Century Didi Hamann has joined the rest of the footballing world in lauding Jurgen Klopp ahead of his countryman’s imminent Liverpool appointment.
Klopp looks set to take over as Liverpool manager by the end of the week after FSG fired Brendan Rodgers and made the former Borussia Dortmund boss their no.1 target to replace him.
And Hamann is convinced they’ve made the right decision, with Carlo Ancelotti recently ruling himself out anyway (via Sky Sports).
“He is the ideal candidate for the job,” the Champions League winning midfielder told talkSPORT. “He is the one I would pick.
“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. I don’t think with his appointment Liverpool will become title contenders overnight but you need to have a lift from somewhere and I think he can do this.
“The fans will take to him and he had a very good relationship with all the players he worked with in the past. You have to bring the emotion out again because it can be a powerful thing at Anfield and he is the ideal man to do that.”
“The place has been like a morgue for a long time now and it needed a lift from somewhere and that’s why the change of manager was a logical thing to do. Maybe it should have been done in the summer, but better late than never.
“Liverpool is a working class club, a working class town, and you need somebody that the fans take to. It is very important at a club like Liverpool that the fans take to the manager.
“For a lot of fans, Klopp would be the first choice and it looks like he is coming. And I think he can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again, which I think has been lost in the last 12 months.
“He has got a lot of love and passion for the game and this is why I think he fits the bill perfectly and why I think he will be a success.”
Hamann is right to recognise the change in feeling of a totally revitalised fan base. There is a buzz online around the prospective appointment, and supporters will be clamouring for tickets to see his probable first home game against Rubin Kazan on October 22.
Interestingly, our friends at This is Anfield have exclusively reported that Hamann may even join Klopp on Liverpool’s coaching staff, with the boss wanting an ex-player with close knowledge of the club on board. Of course, Gary McAllister is already there, but his future is up in the air with Zeljko Buvac and Peter Krawietz, Klopp’s long-serving right-hand men, heading to Anfield as well.