Hungry Klopp better than Ancelotti, says Owen

Date published: Monday 5th October 2015 7:37

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Carlo Ancelotti (r): No Liverpool approach

A hungry Jurgen Klopp would “be a better fit” for Liverpool than Carlo Ancelotti, according to former Reds striker Michael Owen.

Klopp, formerly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is favourite to become the new Reds manager after Rodgers was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – a move welcomed by Owen along with many other ex-players of the Premier League club.

Liverpool owners Fenway Sports Group are moving quickly to secure Rodgers’ replacement and have taken steps to sound out Klopp.

Klopp has long been seen as the ideal fit at Anfield – he is certainly the popular choice of fans – and even though three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti is available, the overwhelming support is for the German.

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Owen, who scored 158 goals in 297 appearances for Liverpool in an eight-year spell at the beginning of his career before joining Real Madrid in 2004, told Sportlobster: “If indeed these are the two main men (Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp), I would think that Klopp is the better fit for Liverpool at this time.

“I think that a younger and potentially hungrier manager in Jurgen Klopp would be the best fit for Liverpool in their current predicament.”

The 35-year-old former England international believes having Klopp in charge would bring some much-needed confidence back to Liverpool which was lost under Rodgers.

He added: “His appointment would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who had become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be over-estimated.

“He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of ‘top six’ to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season.”

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“The other big advantage that Klopp has over Ancelotti is that whereas Ancelotti has generally managed at clubs who were already very successful with a squad full of top players, Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund when they were in a similar position to that which Liverpool find themselves in now.”

Regarding Ancelotti’s record, Owen said: “Nobody can fault Ancelotti’s track record over the years and with a coaching resume that includes Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris Saint-Germain and Real Madrid there can be little doubt that he would be a success at Liverpool.

“However, I’m not sure that Liverpool need a safe pair of hands at this time.”

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