Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp has been announced as the new manager of Liverpool, as takes over from Brendan Rodgers who was sacked last Sunday.
The 48-year-old – who was heavily touted to take the reins at Anfield even before the dismissal of Rodgers – has signed a three-year deal with the Reds worth £15m.
In a statement on Liverpool’s club website, Klopp believes that there is so much still to play for and wants to give the Liverpool fans moments they will never forget.
“This is a talented group of players and there is still much to compete for this season,” said the German.
“Liverpool has extraordinary supporters and Anfield is a world renowned home, with an incredible atmosphere. I want to build a great relationship with these supporters and give them memories to cherish.
“I hope we can feed off each other’s energy and that we take this journey together.”
Klopp also said he hopes to bring an ’emotional’ style of football to the Premier League and wants his new team to give it their all in every sign le game.
” I believe in a playing philosophy that is very emotional, very fast and very strong,” he said.
“Winning is important but so is how you win and how you play the game.My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.
“It is important to have a playing philosophy that reflects your own mentality, reflects the club and gives you a clear direction to follow. Tactical of course, but tactical with a big heart.
Klopp spent eight seasons as Mainz manager, before moving to Borussia Dortmund in 2008 where he won two Bundesliga titles and helped them to the Champions League final in 2013.
I think this is a great appointment for Liverpool and certainly a big upgrade from Brendan Rodgers. The only negative is that he has no previous Premier League experience and it might take a while for Klopp to adapt to the English game.
I also think Klopp will be able to help some of the younger stars reach true potential in the likes of Phillipe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino and we have seen him produce some major stars at Dortmund in Mario Gotze and Marco Reus.
I am really excited to see Klopp in the Premier League but in terms of the Liverpool squad pushing for the Premier League title, there is still a whole lot of work to do but his task for this season will be a top four finish.