Jurgen Klopp has officially put pen to paper and has become the new manager of Liverpool FC. The German coach has signed a three year deal that is said to be worth £15million, £5million a year with the potential to rise to £7million dependant on bonuses for a Premier League title or Champions League qualification.
Having resurrected Dortmund to the higher echelons of the game after they faced liquidation, Klopp won the German Bundesliga back to back in seasons 2010-11 and 2011-12, overcoming the dominance of rivals Bayern Munich. Against all odds but supported heavily as underdogs, Dortmund reached the Champions League final in 2012-13, just missing out to… guess who… Bayern Munich.
Liverpool will hope that Klopp can galvanise a club devoid of its identity and a dubious internal structure. Klopp is known for his forthright, outlandish attitude and is keen to bring his own back-room staff. Liverpool officials will need to be ready for the hurricane Klopp will bring with him. He is the kind of manager that fans will rally behind because of his heart-on-sleeve passion. Liverpool fans will undoubtedly welcome this kind of ‘character’ to the club.
Dortmund fans adored him, even though his last season saw him submerged in a relegation battle for long periods. It was clear that after losing his best players to rivals Bayern Munich, the German Bundesliga was destroying his will and team spirit. He now has a fresh and exciting challenge ahead of him at the Kop and in the Barclay’s Premier League.
Judging by his first official interview as manager of Liverpool, do you think this is a perfect match or an accident waiting to happen?