Ex-Liverpool star turned pundit Mark Lawrenson believes Jurgen Klopp will outshine both Pep Guardiola and Jose Mourinho in the Premier League this season, suggesting that our lack of European football will really help us, according to the Daily Star.
Although our final standings in the table weren’t great, there were some real positives to be taken from last season. We slowly saw Klopp making his mark at Anfield, and with his first full season – not to mention a full pre-season – in charge, there’s real confidence that he can do big things.
Lawrenson certainly seems to think the German manager is capable of greatness, and claims that despite being in the ring with managerial heavyweights Mourinho and Guardiola, Klopp will do more than just hold his own.
“When Jurgen was appointed manager and lot of people just went, ‘Whoa’. And no hesitation in saying that Liverpool’s best signing of the last year was him,” he said.
“I hate to use the comparison but he’s got a bit of Bill Shankly in him in his relationship with the fans. They love him. He’s got everyone behind him.”
He’s not wrong when he says Klopp was our best signing of the year, and you could arguably go further than that and suggest he’s our best signing in a long, long time. He looks capable of really revolutionising the club and bringing us back to where we belong, starting properly with the 2016/17 campaign.
Lawrenson believes that our lack of European football will help us thrive in the Premier League this season, and claims we’ll be seeing much more of a Klopp brand of football.
“The manager knows what a big season this is going to be and in no way will he be intimidated by the big two in charge of the Manchester clubs,” he continued.
“He’ll be more than a match for them. Jurgen wants Liverpool to play in a certain way and with no European football this season he has the opportunity to get the boys super fit.”
Guardiola is a bit of an unknown really, as he’s got no experience in the Premier League whatsoever. We by no means want to take away from his managerial ability, but his only success has come after taking over already strong Barcelona and Bayern Munuch sides. The Manchester City job is arguably a far tougher prospect, so who knows how he’ll do.
Mourinho, annoyingly, tends to bring success with him, and unfortunately it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Manchester United improve drastically this season. With the Portuguese manager it’s almost always temporary though, and he’ll probably cause an implosion at Old Trafford by this time next year, and hopefully they’ll get relegated.
We should be ignoring the Manchester clubs and focusing on our season though, as it’s a great chance for us to get back into the Champions League spots.