Lawro: Klopp has embraced Reds history that weighed too heavy on others’ shoulders
Liverpool legend Mark Lawrenson reckons that Jurgen Klopp has embraced the club’s history that weighed too heavily on some of his predecessors.
Speaking exclusively to Paddy Power News, he said:
It’s cup football now all the way for Liverpool. Even the league games. And you can make a case for them winning every match.
It would be fabulous to win the title, obviously, but Klopp’s remit at the start of the season, from the Fenway Sports Group, was Champions League qualification. They’ve got other sporting franchises, they know how it works, and they’ll know how outstanding Man City are.
So finishing second would be tough to take, but it wouldn’t undermine Klopp at all. He’s seriously improved every player at the club, which is a feat in itself.
I remember, when he came to Liverpool, saying that a lot of the other teams in the league would be thinking they wished they’d got him. What you see is what you get with Jurgen.
He gets the football club, he gets the history. Quite a few of the managers in the past have tried to play the history down, as if it weighed a little too heavy on their shoulders, and didn’t like having the former players around.
But Klopp gets it. Every time you go to the training ground, he laughs and says ‘here they are again, the winners’. He always stops for a chat, and picks your brain about the club. He’s embraced it.
So his job has been about more than winning this title. Though it’d be nice for him to win it, because every time he’s asked about not winning something with Liverpool, I’m sure he’s wanted to chin whoever’s asked it.
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