Brendan Rodgers was of course sacked as Liverpool head coach in the aftermath of the 1-1 draw against Everton last weekend.
It wasn’t this result alone that did for Rodgers. The sacking was the culmination of a perceived decline since Liverpool so nearly ended their quarter century title hoodoo two seasons ago.
The now infamous Gerard slip against Chelsea let Manchester City in the back door and The Reds’ agonising wait for league glory continued.
Latest news reports imply with confidence that Jurgen Klopp will take the reins with The Guardian stating:
Jürgen Klopp expected on Merseyside to finalise terms with Liverpool
So why is he such a good choice?
Klopp The Motivator
Brendan Rodgers is well known for his motivational skills but it feels as if there is more tactical substance to Klopp’s approach.
Players love playing for him because he not only inspires them with his talks but also makes them into better players.
Klopp The Maverick
Some may believe that it’s a case of out of the frying pan and into the fire by swapping Rodgers for Klopp. They both have a maverick edge but Klopp’s CV again suggests more substance. He’s taken on the might of Bayern Munich and twice won The Bundesliga with Dortmund. He also got to the final of The Champions League with a relatively tiny budget.
Klopp will face similar giants in England with City, United and Chelsea. But perhaps he can put Liverpool back where they belong.
Klopp The Aesthete
Perhaps the most annoying thing about Liverpool over the last year is that they have stopped playing the flowing football that they enjoyed for a couple of seasons.
This may have had much to do with the talents of Suarez and Sterling (two players that have left Liverpool).
But if anyone can get this team playing spectacular football again it’s Klopp. He was well-known for his swashbuckling style at Dortmund and he will look to do the same with Liverpool.
Klopp The Investment
It’s ever more rare to see managers staying at clubs long-term these days. But Klopp doesn’t seem like the sort of coach who wants to move on, after a few years, to the next pay day.
He spent 7 years at Mainz and a further 7 at Dortmund, building his teams from the bottom up and really taking ownership of the clubs.
This is surely what Liverpool fans want now – some continuity of management rather than the constant cycle of change.