Liverpool legend Graeme Souness has sung the praises of Reds manager Jurgen Klopp, describing him as a “great fit” for the Anfield club and comparing him to the great Bill Shankly.
When Jurgen Klopp arrived at Liverpool in 2015, he pledged to turn the Anfield side into a force in the space of four years (YouTube), the Reds struggling at the time and having only claimed a League Cup during the first half of the decade.
Klopp set about rebuilding Liverpool and steered the Reds to several finals in the ensuing years before finally claiming silverware in the shape of the Champions League, by which point the Anfield side had become a juggernaut which pushed Manchester City all the way in the title race.
This term, the Reds are on the verge of the Premier League title, with a 25-point gap between themselves and Man City prior to the football suspension, and have also won the UEFA Super Cup and FIFA Club World Cup.
In conversation with Sky Sports News, Souness said: “Jurgen deserves huge credit for the work he has done.
“He is a great fit for Liverpool because he feels the emotion of the place. Liverpool is an extremely emotional football club, with its history, its tragedies. You get that emotion when you go to Anfield and hear You’ll Never Walk Alone.
“He is the polar opposite of what Bob (Paisley) and Joe (Fagan) were. Bob didn’t speak a great deal and with Joe, you had to lean in to hear what he was saying. Jurgen is more like Shankly, who was a great communicator, a showman and the leader of the pack.
“Bob didn’t want to be anywhere near the leader of the pack and neither did Joe. They were happy to be in the background rather than leading from the front. Jurgen is different, but he understands the club and he has done the most marvellous job.”
Previously one of the top sides in world football, Liverpool fell off the perch in the 1990s and it’s taken them a long time to return.
Admittedly it’s not all been doom and gloom since then, but save for the 2000-01 cup treble, the 2005 Champions League triumph, reaching the 2007 final again, and the odd domestic cup now and then, there hasn’t been much to shout about, especially as the league title continued to elude them.
But now, with Klopp at the helm, Liverpool can lay claim to being the best side in England – indeed, in Europe and in the world – and for Souness, a man who has played for some of the Reds’ greatest managers, to rank him up there with them is testament to what a great job the former Borussia Dortmund man has done at Anfield.