Jurgen Klopp the perfect man for Reds, says Joachim Low

Germany coach Joachim Low believes Liverpool are set to make a great addition by appointing Jurgen Klopp their manager.

Negotiations are continuing with the former Borussia Dortmund boss with a view to having him in place by the end of the week.

Low thinks the similarities between the two clubs will help Klopp.

“He had an extraordinarily successful time in Dortmund. He released loads of emotions in the Dortmund crowd,” said World Cup winner Low.

“If you look at it from afar there are some parallels between Dortmund and Liverpool with the fantastic supporters’ culture. Klopp would be a great addition to any team.”

Defender Mats Hummels, who joined Klopp’s Dortmund from Bayern Munich in 2008 and was a key figure in their success, had nothing but praise for his former boss.

“There is no doubt about it, he is a fantastic coach, he’s absolutely great,” said the centre-back.

“He lives, eats, breathes and thinks football day after day.

“He will be a fantastic addition and I am certainly keeping my fingers crossed for the next step in his career.”

Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann believes Klopp will bring some much-needed leadership to a club which has lacked it both on and off the field in recent years.

Even before he has set foot on Merseyside, Klopp already has fans at fever pitch and Hamann thinks players will benefit from his charismatic approach.

Hamann also expects his compatriot to maintain his straight-talking style and offer a few home truths, something predecessor Brendan Rodgers was reluctant to do.

“Too often in recent years the team disappointed and we heard from the manager about the great character in the team,” Hamann said.

“I don’t want the manager to tell me the team showed great character when they didn’t.

“My biggest criticism of Brendan Rodgers’ team was he was telling us how much character the team had got, but if it was lacking one thing it was character.

“Every time the chips were down they failed. They got battered by Aston Villa at Wembley in an FA Cup semi-final, they lost in the semi-final of the League Cup to Chelsea, they got knocked out of a Champions League group that included Ludogorets and Basle, they lost a league title they should have won — with three games to go it was almost impossible they could lose it.

“But it’s worth nothing if you fall at the last hurdle and don’t take that next step.

“If you knock on the door several times it will open. What Brendan’s team did over the last few years is they knocked on the door and ran off.

“That team was lacking character and I don’t think you’ll see that with Klopp because he believes in hard work and the players will have to go back to their roots because you’ve got to work hard and then you can start playing football.

“He (Klopp) will tell the people what’s he’s seen and what he thinks about the team. He will give an honest assessment and it will be what the fans want to hear.

“Too often with Brendan he tried to tell people things that weren’t true and this is why people got fed up in the end because it was the same all over again.”


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