Jurgen Klopp’s imminent appointment at Anfield has been approved by 69% of Liverpool fans – but 19% felt Brendan Rodgers should not have been sacked.
A quick glance at the findings of 90min’s latest poll of the club’s fans suggest that the appointment of Klopp would be overwhelmingly welcomed at Anfield, with more than two thirds of the club’s fanbase choosing the German as their number one target to lead the club up into the European spots.
The Reds, currently 10th in the table, have had a disappointing start to the season which has seen them thrashed by West Ham and Manchester United and are currently on a run of nine games in all competitions with just a single victory.
That one win came over relegation-battling Aston Villa, shortly after Rodgers had failed to lead his side to wins over League Two Carlisle, Norwich and Ligue 1 strugglers Bordeaux in a nightmare week which probably cost him his job.
Rodgers had been widely criticised for failing to get the best out of around £300m worth of talent that the club brought in during his tenure, with big-money signings such as Dejan Lovren, Lazar Markovic and Mario Balotelli all flopping under the Northern Irishman.
He did still have a few supporters among the Liverpool faithful, but not nearly enough to keep him in a job. Common wisdom says that a manager is doomed if he loses half of the club’s fans – and fewer than one in five who answered the poll said that Rodgers deserved to still be in a job on Monday morning.
Three-time Champions League winner Carlo Ancelotti has also been suggested for the top job at Anfield after leaving Real Madrid in the summer, but Reds fans tended to give the Italian a wide berth despite his impressive managerial CV.
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Just 12% of the 50,000 people who answered the poll had Ancelotti down as their main man even though he’s won league titles in three different countries, including his first season at Chelsea.
Whilst Poll leader Klopp has only ever managed in Germany, he has been wildly successful with a club of roughly equivalent stature to Liverpool. Prior to him taking the manager’s position, the team had won just one Bundesliga title in over a decade and were coming off the back of a number of 6th-9th placed league finishes.
Under Klopp’s guidance, those upper mid-table finishes swiftly became titles, breaking Bayern’s hold on the Bundesliga by winning the title in his third and fourth seasons at the helm. His time at the club also saw a pair of second place league finishes and a Champions League final as he brought new energy to a club which was starting to lose its way.
Reds fans can only hope that he can pull off the same trick at Anfield.
By Chris Deeley
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