As more people back Jürgen Klopp for the managerial vacancy at Anfield, Carlo Ancelotti has seemingly ruled himself out of the running…
Liverpool’s negotiations with preferred candidate Jürgen Klopp are said to be progressing smoothly and his appointment as the club’s new manager is still expected to be confirmed by the end of the week.
The well-sourced Liverpool ECHO even go as far as to claim the Reds are on the ‘brink’ of wrapping up a deal in the next 24 to 48 hours.
The club’s desire to get everything finalised is likely to have been heightened by the news that their other main option, experienced Italian Carlo Ancelotti, is not yet ready to return to work.
Speaking to the Associated Press at an event in London yesterday evening, the 56-year-old, who left Real Madrid in May, remarked: “I enjoy my time now but, of course, I want to come back to manage – to work – because it is my passion.
“I want to take my time to rest, but next season I am ready.”
With Klopp seemingly edging closer to taking charge at Anfield, more prominent figures within the game having been having their say on the charismatic German, including a host of his countrymen.
In quotes published by The Express, legendary football figure Franz Beckenbauer describes the former FSV Mainz 05 man as ‘one of the best’ and ‘a winner’.
“He is fantastic,” gushed Der Kaiser. “He is one of the best coaches I know in the whole world, and he was really a milestone for Borussia Dortmund.
“He took over the club and made them into a world-class team. If Liverpool has the chance to sign Jurgen Klopp then they should do it.
“He likes to talk. There are not many coaches left in the world that like to talk so much to the players but he is one of them.
“Liverpool is also one of the biggest clubs in the world, so Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp is definitely a good combination. He is also a winner.”
Ex-Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann also sees Klopp as a ‘good fit’ with the right credentials for the post vacated by Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.
“He would be a very good appointment,” analysed the 2005 European Cup winner to Sky Sports News HQ. “He would certainly be my choice out of the managers who are in the running for the Liverpool job because he has got a passion and a love for the game that would fit in well.
“It’s a good time to take over Liverpool because in the last nine or 10 years one League Cup is all the club has to show for itself. They have only had one season in the last six in the Champions League and clearly things have not been good enough.
“You’ve got to create the emotion again as that is a big part of Liverpool Football Club, it’s a big part of his management style and I feel he would be a good fit.”
One man who knows Klopp better than most is Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke.
Asked about his close friend and one-time colleague by Sky Sports News HQ, Watzke replied: “The club who gets him gets a very good manager.
“He can do every job, he can make every club and Liverpool is very similar to Borussia Dortmund, it has the same structure and the same fans. It is a marvellous club.
“Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better, you can be sure. It is wonderful to work with him because he has a big understanding of the problems of the club.
“He brings a warm feeling to the whole club and in seven years at Borussia Dortmund it was wonderful.”
If all continues to go well, Klopp’s first game in charge of Liverpool will be away to Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League on October 17.
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