Former Liverpool midfielder Dietmar Hamann has sent a warning to his former club to enjoy Jurgen Klopp while they can before he ends up on the beach or takes over as the head coach of the German national team.
Hamman sends a message to critics
The German tactician is going through a tricky spell despite his side holding the precious title as the reigning Premier League champions. Before the international break, his side were beaten 7-2 by Aston Villa and last weekend they were held to a 2-2 draw to Everton at Goodison Park in controversial circumstances.
Virgil van Dijk suffered damage to his anterior cruciate ligament after a high tackle from goalkeeper Jordan Pickford which will see him sidelined for the foreseeable future. With the departure of Dejan Lovren in the summer, Klopp chose not to replace the Croatian; and with the latest injury to Joel Matip, Joe Gomez stands as the only established centre-back available for selection.
While it is a difficult moment for the Merseysiders, Hamman told Sport Bild (via Sport Witness) that the club has come a long way since Klopp was appointed in 2015 and that Reds fans should enjoy his presence while it lasts.
“It is astonishing that Jürgen Klopp has already been a coach at Liverpool for five years”, he said.
“But when you are successful, time goes by faster. Since the Champions League victory against Tottenham in 2019 and the first title this summer for Liverpool after 30 years, this coach is a living legend.
“I would wish for Liverpool that he would still be the coach in 2025. But either Klopp will be lying on the beach, or he will be the coach of the German national team.”
Part of the Anfield furniture
Just by winning the Champions League and the club’s first league title for 30 years, Klopp has already embedded himself deeply into Anfield folklore for years to come, and that cannot be taken away from him.
Hamann is spot on. During most of the Premier League era, the Reds have struggled to compete with the likes of Manchester United and, while they came close under Brendan Rodgers in 2014, it appeared that they vastly overachieved as the following season was a complete contrast to what they managed the year before.
During his time at Anfield, Klopp has managed to accumulate a points-per-match total of 2.04 (TransferMarkt), which represents the impact that he’s had on the club and the progression of the squad as a whole.
As a result, Klopp will not be around forever and supporters need to understand that. He has helped produce some of the club’s best days in modern times and this should not be forgotten.
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