Jamie Carragher believes “everyone will be watching” Liverpool following the appointment of a manager whose every word they will hang on.
Jurgen Klopp was already a popular figure in England before taking over at Liverpool, but his first press conference as manager on Friday has won the former Borussia Dortmund boss plenty more fans.
Carragher believes the 48-year-old will charm not just Liverpool’s supporters but those of clubs up and down the land.
“He came across as charismatic and confident on Friday morning, cracking jokes, inspiring confidence and unable to wipe that huge smile off his face,” Carragher said in his Daily Mail column.
“I’m sure people up and down the country will have taken an instant liking to him. He is not just an appointment for Liverpool but for the whole Premier League.
“When (Jose) Mourinho was in charge of Chelsea the first time, I couldn’t help watching him, eager to hear every press conference. Despite the fact we were competing against him in the league and those famous Champions League semi-finals, I developed a soft spot for him and I’m sure I wasn’t alone.
“I imagine the same will happen with Klopp. People will hang on his every word. He can make Liverpool box-office again. Everyone will now be watching Liverpool.”
Klopp a ‘real statement’
Carragher also believes the appointment of Klopp represents a “real statement” by Liverpool and will have the club’s Premier League rivals casting envious glances towards Anfield.
“Two of Liverpool’s previous three managers came from Fulham (Roy Hodgson) and Swansea (Brendan Rodgers) while the other – Kenny Dalglish – hadn’t been in management for a long time,” Carragher said.
“In the last five or six years there was a fear that Liverpool could not attract the absolute top players and managers, but if Barcelona or Manchester United had been looking for a new boss last summer Klopp would have been in the reckoning, so Liverpool have done very well to get him.
“Liverpool’s players will buy into what Klopp says because he has been so successful. When I played under Benitez I didn’t agree with everything he said, but I believed a lot more of it because it seemed wrong to question him when he had a proven track record, winning titles with Valencia – an amazing feat in a league boasting Real Madrid and Barcelona.
“Liverpool’s squad will feel the same about Klopp, and the rest of the Premier League might be casting an envious eye towards Anfield. When was the last time other top clubs were envious of Liverpool’s manager?
“At the start of the season few thought Liverpool had a chance of making the top four – it seemed hard to see past last season’s quartet of Chelsea, Manchester City, Manchester United and Arsenal.
“But Chelsea’s poor start to the season and continuing unrest will have them looking over their shoulders. There will be a slight fear around the top teams in the country that Liverpool could snatch fourth.”