With Anfield racked with Klopp fever, it’s no better time to look back at the other Germans who have left their mark (or not) on Liverpool.
Riedle came to Liverpool in the twilight of his career; the veteran striker had already enjoyed successful spells at Werder Bremen, Augsburg, Lazio and Dortmund. He was also a regular German international, and featured for West Germany before the unification.
Known for his professionalism and clean living, Riedle was reportedly shocked by the amount his team mates smoke and drank. Despite appearing only fleetingly – thanks in large to the emergence of Michael Owen – he is remembered fondly by fans and was has been very outspoken about Kloppo’s suitability for the job.
Mr consistent really needs no introduction. The German international racked up 191 apps for the club and was the catalyst for the famous turnaround that night in Istanbul. Despite breaking his toe in the final, Hamann’s composure helped to steady the Liverpool ship, and the rest as they say, is history.
Hamann had previously appeared over 100 times for Bayern Munich and 59 times for his country. He remains a hugely popular figure amongst football fans.
Babbel’s time at Liverpool was somewhat bittersweet… He is widely regarded as one of the clubs best right backs, and was an integral part of Liverpool’s squad, which won the UEFA cup in 2001.
His career was marred when he was struck down with Guillain–Barré syndrome, a fast acting muscle weakening disease. His courage and determination helped him overcome the potentially career ending illness, but his time at Anfield was never the same and he left the club officially in 2004.
No relation to Crocodile Dundee, Sean was in fact born in South Africa but became a German citizen, making a lone appearance for Germany’s B side. He is widely regarded as the worst player to ever don the Liverpool shirt. Let that sink in for a moment.
His other claim to fame was his bold boast of being faster than Michael Owen, which was met with widespread guffaws due to his “portly” appearance.
Following a controversial switch from Boro, his time at Anfield was marred by injuries and he made just 16 appearances for the club. Originally signed to replace Jamie Carragher, his persistent knee problems and upturn in Carragher’s form spelled the end for his Liverpool career.
Away from Liverpool he made 185 apps for Bayern Munich and 72 for the German national side.
With Klopp at the helm Anfield will have its largest German contingent in club’s history, as the charismatic German joins fans’ favourite Emre Can and first-team hopeful Samed Yesil.
Despite Klopp’s formidable record Liverpool remain outsiders for the title. William Hill places the reds as 33/1 outsiders, although ahead of the likes of Spurs, Everton and high flying Crystal Palace.