Liverpool – Jurgen Klopp lined up as Rodgers replacement?

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Liverpool were humiliated again yesterday as they tasted another defeat. Crystal Palace saw them off 3-1 and we reported how Brendan Rodgers admitted he was responsible for the failure. Should Rodgers get the sack and if so… could Jurgen Klopp replace him?!

Liverpool have won just 2 of their last 9 Premier League fixtures, losing their last three games. The Daily Express¬†understand that the Anfield board will make a massive move for Borussia Dortmund manager and popular figure Jurgen Klopp. Klopp’s side have also struggled so far this campaign in the Bundesliga but he has worked wonders at Dortmund over the past few years since joining in July 2008.

Rodgers, 41-years-old, has already been in charge of 4 clubs, starting his management career at Watford. He followed that with a short spell at Reading lasting just 23 matches before really making his name at Swansea City. In 96 games at the helm of the South Wales side, he won 39 of the clashes and promoted the Swans via the Play-Offs in 2010/11. In June 2012 Liverpool appointed him boss and he has since overseen 115 matches with a win percentage of 52%.

Liverpool came within a whisker of winning the Premier League last season but finished second, however despite the return to the Champions League, Rodgers finds himself on the verge of the sack with fans now beginning to call for his head. Rodgers saw talisman Luis Suarez join Barcelona in the summer for ¬£75m and since the Reds haven’t looked the same going forwards. Mario Balotelli has failed to hit the target whilst Rickie Lambert has also struggled. Goals have been at a premium with England striker Daniel Sturridge also sidelined so is it a matter of rotten luck or bad management that has seen Liverpool undone?

The ears of English clubs perked up when 47-year-old Jurgen Klopp recently said about a potential move abroad: “I think England is the only country I think where I should work. It’s next to Germany because it’s the only country I know the language a little bit and I need the language for my work. If somebody will call me, then we will talk about it.” The highly rated German spent his entire playing career at Mainz and then managed the club for 270 matches before being given a chance at Borussia Dortmund in July 2008.

Klopp has coached 287 fixtures as Dortmund boss, winning an impressive 167 of them on the way to 2 Bundesliga titles, a DFB-Pokal and 2 DFL-Supercups. Klopp also took Dortmund to the UEFA Champions League final where they were unfortunate to lose to rivals Bayern Munich. Liverpool could do no better than appointing a person of Klopp’s ability but can they serious hope to attract him to Anfield?

 

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By Gareth Thomas | November 24th, 2014