Werner: We had to pursue ‘infectious’ leader Klopp

Date published: Friday 9th October 2015 9:00

Jurgen Klopp (c): Unveiled this week

Tom Werner says Liverpool had to “decisively pursue” Jurgen Klopp, whom he describes as “one of the most sought-after leaders” in football.

Liverpool’s owners, Fenway Sports Group, have moved quickly to replace Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked after three-and-a-half years in charge after a 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – and chairman Werner believes they have secured the services of one of the brightest managerial talents in the game.

“In Jurgen Klopp we have appointed a world-class manager with a proven track record of winning and someone who has the personality and charisma to reignite this football club and take the team forward,” he told the club’s website.

“When an opportunity presents itself to acquire one of the most sought-after leaders in the game, it is something you have to pursue decisively and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation.

“He possesses all the qualities we are looking for in a manager – he is a strong, inspirational leader, who has a clear philosophy of high energy, attacking football. Critically, he is also a winner and someone who can connect with and enthuse our supporters.

“It is our job now to support Jurgen every step of the way and help him achieve his full potential at this great football club.

“He is enthusiastic about the squad of players and wants the team to fight to achieve success this season and beyond. His attitude is infectious and we believe it will lift the entire club.”

Feelgood factor

Klopp’s appointment immediately injects a feelgood factor into a club in need of it after they were humbled 3-0 at home by West Ham and only just scraped past Sky Bet League Two side Carlisle on penalties in the Capital One Cup.

The German takes over a Liverpool side currently 10th in the Premier League after securing just one victory in their last six league games – although they are just three points off the top four and only six behind leaders Manchester City.

Klopp will take charge of his new side for the first time away at Tottenham a week on Saturday and his first appearance in the Anfield dugout comes five days later when the Reds face Rubin Kazan in the Europa League.

Liverpool have slid down the Premier League pecking order in recent years – with the only exception being their second-placed finish during the 2013-14 campaign – and Klopp’s appointment is already being viewed by fans as a significant turning point in their fortunes.

And Reds chief executive Ian Ayre believes Klopp, who becomes just their third foreign manager after Gerard Houllier and Rafael Benitez, is the right man to bring glory back to the red half of Merseyside.

He said: “We always say that we have great ambition at the club and it’s always about continually improving, and in Jurgen we definitely feel that he’s somebody who can take us forward.

“The ambition for the owners and the ambition for myself and everybody at the club remains the same as it has always been, which is to be the best we can be and be at the top of English and European football.

“And that’s a vision he shares and I’m certainly very excited about that opportunity to work with him and take the club forward.”

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