Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp can now be regarded as the best manager in the world, according to the club’s former full-back Christian Ziege.
The German was appointed as the successor to Brendan Rodgers in October 2015 and has since led the Reds to three European finals, with Liverpool claiming glory in the Champions League final back in June.
But Ziege, who made 32 appearances for Liverpool, believes there are multiple reasons why Klopp should be considered the world’s best, ahead of Pep Guardiola, Mauricio Pochettino and Bayern Munich boss Niko Kovac.
Speaking to Omnisport, Ziege said: “I think you have to be careful with that. To rate the best coach in the world you have to count in all coaches, even the ones working in low-class leagues. The conditions that Klopp, Guardiola, Pochettino or Niko Kovac are having, many coaches don’t. So you need to be careful with that title.
“If you take those who everybody talks about, there is no one who did better than Klopp. I’m a big fan of his because he started at Mainz and finished fourth three times in a row in the second division. He made Mainz a club who finally got promoted and developed to an incredible club. Then he went to Dortmund. He took this club to German champions and a Champions League title candidate. He elevated this club to a level which they are still today.
“He went to Liverpool, the club who has been talking about becoming Premier League champions or being more successful for years and has been achieving the same there. He won the Champions League and finished second in the league with 97 points, which is mayhem.
“Now he’s leading the league again, even though it is still early in the campaign. This proves to me that he has to be an exceptional coach, because all of this can’t happen by accident.”
Klopp is contracted to Liverpool until 2022 and there are fears the German could walk away when his contract expires then, especially after he named Steven Gerrard as his most likely successor.
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