Klopp to the Kop rumours increase as Rodgers feels the heat

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    With only a handful of games remaining in the English Premier League the silly season is now upon us and with it comes rumours – most of which are completely and utterly wrong.

    One such rumour that has sprouted since Jurgen Klopp’s impending departure from Borussia Dortmund is that he will end up in the Premier League at one of a selection of clubs including Manchester City, Manchester United, Arsenal, Liverpool and West Ham.

    Out of those clubs you could pretty much rule out Manchester United, with Louis van Gaal seemingly steering them back towards Champions League football, Arsenal with evergreen manager Arsene Wenger still in charge, and West Ham would seem a very outside chance – which leaves only Manchester City and Liverpool.

    Manchester City seems hell-bent on adding Pep Guardiola to its already burgeoning collection of ex-Barcelona head honchos. Whether or not though City can hold out for another season with current manager Manuel Pellegrini most likely to be held responsible for a season without silverware is difficult to call.

    Liverpool may seem like an outlandish place for Klopp to end up, with current manager Brendan Rodgers seeming to have the faith of current owners Fenway Sports Group. But to be the first manager since the 1950s not to win a trophy in his first three years at the club, it is no doubt taking its toll on him.

    Brendan has struggled through this season, while pulling it back from the death in December before yet another setback during this last month or so, but this is a story for another time. Rodgers could be living on borrowed time.

    Jurgen Klopp might just be the man Liverpool need if they wish to return to the glory days of the ’80s, because he’s got a pretty good record from his previous clubs Mainz and Dortmund.

    He took a relatively small, cellar-dweller club in his beloved Mainz (the only club he played for as a professional player himself) to promotion from the second division, along with qualifying for the UEFA Cup (now Europa League).

    Klopp then got the opportunity to take charge at Dortmund, a sleeping giant of German football, to work his magic. He took a couple of seasons to get going but he won back to back Bundesliga titles along with the club’s first domestic double in the second title-winning season.

    The 2012-13 season saw Klopp take Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final against old adversaries Bayern Munich. They were in it until the final minute of the final in Wembley, where Arjen Robben exorcised some of his World Cup final demons with a goal to win the match 2-1.

    This current season however it’s all fallen apart for Dortmund and Klopp, with the side taking an age to get going and now relying on a late-season revival to make the Europa League.

    It’s debatable whether Klopp’s methods failed this season, or if it was the result of his recruitment in the last summer window. It’s all academic now however, as Klopp departs Dortmund as a folk hero. He’s a bit of a character as well, which Liverpool fans will warm to instantly. You only have to peruse YouTube for minutes to find some quality Klopp antics.

    Klopp is also one of the most quotable managers going round. Go on, you know you want to Google them! He would certainly liven up the Premier League and would quickly become a Kop sensation were he to move to Liverpool.

    It’s not often that a manager of Klopp’s quality becomes available without having to buy him out of his current contract. This would certainly suit FSG’s strategy with Liverpool, where they have looked to apply their ‘Moneyball’ strategy to football.

    FSG really don’t need to make a rash call here and sack Rodgers in order to land Klopp if they don’t want to. It certainly would be a brave decision though and would also signal their intentions to their domestic rivals.

    Bringing in Klopp could help Liverpool break through that top-four barrier once again and compete with Chelsea, Arsenal and both Manchester clubs for the big names.

    There would be a few on the almighty Kop hoping that this rumour is true.

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    • April 22nd 2015 @ 8:47am
      nordster said | April 22nd 2015 @ 8:47am | ! Report

      well if he wants to stay in Puma threads, it has to be Arsenal;)

      can’t see him in Nike, not a chance….has to be an outsider brand all the way! As for liverpoool, this Warrior kit lol …no way….adidas = bayern so that rules man united out…

    • April 22nd 2015 @ 9:31am
      Brian said | April 22nd 2015 @ 9:31am | ! Report

      Why would they get rid of Rodgers. 5th place ahead of Tottenham is good with the average players they have running around.
      Klopp will surely go to Man Cty now that Pep looks safe at Bayern.

    • April 22nd 2015 @ 9:59am
      Worlds Biggest said | April 22nd 2015 @ 9:59am | ! Report

      Rodgers will probably get one more year, if he doesn’t finish top 4 next season he will be gone. No way Pep leaves Bayern meaning Klopp will likely end up at City.

    • April 22nd 2015 @ 10:20am
      Woodo said | April 22nd 2015 @ 10:20am | ! Report

      Rather than sack Rogers I think the key to a satisfied Liverpool board would be to adjust their expectations.

      • April 22nd 2015 @ 11:20am
        AZ_RBB said | April 22nd 2015 @ 11:20am | ! Report

        Reasonable comment. After losing a player like Suarez it was always going to be difficult to challenge for the title again. They have some very solid players in their current squad. They might need someone a bit more dependable than Balotelli and Lambert up front to back up Sturridge and I don’t think Lovren is really working out there either. Their midfield is excellent so not too much to worry about there.

        • April 22nd 2015 @ 7:15pm
          Woodo said | April 22nd 2015 @ 7:15pm | ! Report

          I just think that with the log-jam of elite level clubs at the top of the EPL it’s naive to expect a club to be constantly challenging for the title year in and out. Unless you’re a club with the (completely over the top) financial power of say Chelsea there’s no way to constantly be in the mix for top spot, no matter who is lost in the off season.
          If I’d been the one sitting Rogers down to sign his contract I’d be doing so with the expectations of him making the top four in one of every two seasons and making a cup final in one of every three.
          I almost feel sorry for Brendan Rogers, if they’d never had that great run last season he might not even be in this mess.

      • April 22nd 2015 @ 9:03pm
        Worlds Biggest said | April 22nd 2015 @ 9:03pm | ! Report

        That is a fair comment however if the Pool have aspirations to contend in the future then Top 4 must be the priority. They have a reasonably young squad with some very talented players. The nucleus is there however they need to bring in a quality striker and centre back. Rodgers recruitment this season was poor. Rodgers does a good job of bringing through the young talent however his PR skills need serious work. He just needs to shut his gob and get on with it. I think he can become a good gaffer but is not there yet.

    • April 22nd 2015 @ 4:18pm
      Steve said | April 22nd 2015 @ 4:18pm | ! Report

      Rodgers is a dead man walking, but I don’t think Klopp will be the one coming in to replace him. It will be a massive shock if Rodgers remains for next season. Rodgers, while not being a good manager, his major problem is that he seems to have lost the faith of the players now. The death knell for any manager. Brendan Rodgers has made a lot of promises to the owners and he has simply failed to deliver on them. Wasting transfer funds, tactically inept, continually playing players out of position, freezing out of some players, continually embarrassing the club in the media when he has been told to shut his mouth. His clueless leadership in the Champions League and failure to get out of the weakest group. His arrogance to listen to others. Just a few of the reasons he will be let go come the end of the season.

    • April 22nd 2015 @ 4:20pm
      Vas Venkatramani said | April 22nd 2015 @ 4:20pm | ! Report

      It’s a difficult one to ponder – Rodgers was a big reason for Liverpool’s rise last season, and his ability to get Suarez and Sturridge firing together, Sterling rising as a force, and reincarnating Gerrard as a holding player was key to Liverpool’s excellent season.

      Losing Suarez is one component, but the problems are far beyond that. For his successes last season, Rodgers has had a terrible record in the transfer market. While Sturridge has been good, his appearances have been sporadic. Only Coutinho can be labelled an unqualified success.

      As for Klopp, I just don’t see him coming to Liverpool. For two reasons. One, FSG have publicly stated their support for Rodgers, and two the notion of firing Rodgers in this way would undermine the very philosophy that Klopp may want to join Liverpool for.

      I don’t think Klopp to Man City is a shoo-in either – he seems far too hipster and a free thinker for City’s owners, who demand an instant sugar-hit from all their managers.

      The only English clubs I see battling for Klopp would be Liverpool, Manchester United or Arsenal. I really think Klopp at Arsenal would be a great fit, but only if Wenger was displaced.

      • April 22nd 2015 @ 6:25pm
        Steve said | April 22nd 2015 @ 6:25pm | ! Report

        FSG haven’t publicly backed Rodgers at all. They have said nothing. Brendan Rodgers’ mouthpiece friends in the media have claimed this. FSG have said nothing of the sort.

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