Jurgen Klopp is the “perfect fit” for Liverpool but needs two years before he can officially be judged on results, insists former Reds midfielder Graeme Souness.
The no-nonsense Scotsman, in an interview with the Daily Telegraph, feels Klopp has exactly the right personality to bring success to Liverpool, but has inherited a squad of players who aren’t yet up to the task of mixing it with the best in the Premier League.
It is a situation that leads Souness to believe that Klopp needs two years before assessments can be made. “You get the job because there is a lot wrong,” Souness says. “He will need time to fix that. I like him; passion personified.
“He would appear to be the perfect fit. He has endeared himself to the Liverpool public. He has walked into a fabulous football club with a ridiculous history but an ordinary group of players. The time to judge him will be in a couple of years.”
Will the owners be so patient? “They, first and foremost will be commercially minded,” Souness added. “They will see Liverpool as an asset. They will think the brand of Liverpool out there is in the top five in the world. The brand of Liverpool will enable them to take Liverpool into a billion-pound company in a very short period of time. Whether they have fallen in love with the passion, in terms of the club or indeed football itself, time will tell.”
Souness on League Cup
The springboard potential of the League Cup is something that Souness knows from personal experience. He was in the Liverpool team that won the competition in four consecutive years from 1980‑81 until 1983-84 and always followed up that first trophy by also lifting either the league title or the European Cup. “It can give you that special momentum and I think the big clubs are taking it far more seriously than four or five years ago,” he says. “Liverpool are hot and cold. For them it could be the confidence boost they need.
“If they could get into the Capital One Cup final, that will go a long way. If they win, it would go even further. Then he will be thinking, ‘Kick on from that and maybe make a run to get into the top four’.