Liverpool legend Ian Rush believes the leadership style of Jurgen Klopp is similar to that of ex-Reds boss Bob Paisley.
Klopp looks set to guide Liverpool to their first title triumph for 30 years, while the possibility of securing back-to-back Champions League titles remains – with Paisley achieving that particular feat himself between 1977 and 1978.
Speaking at the unveiling of a Paisley statue outside Anfield, Rush insisted that Klopp could yet reach the heights of the legendary Reds boss, with Liverpool already becoming European champions under the German and looking well poised to end their top-flight hoodoo in the coming months, with a 19-point lead at the Premier League summit heading into February.
Rush said (via Sky Sports): “Jurgen has got a great team around him but you need a leader – Bob Paisley was a leader and Jurgen Klopp is a leader. He also gets to the supporters as well. The fans react to what he says and so do the players, and that’s down to Jurgen Klopp.
“All managers have been thriving for [the Premier League] since 1990 and it’s become like the Holy Grail. Bob Paisley always used to say the easiest thing is to win the league, the hardest thing is to win it again and that’s true. Liverpool were fantastic last year and didn’t win the league, but they have to go one better this year.”
There appears to be no reason why Klopp could not have earned comparisons to great Liverpool managers of the past – not least by delivering the Champions League alone last year, but to bring the title back to Anfield in the fashion that they are doing can only help the German’s cause in taking his place among previous Reds greats.
To get a seal of approval like this from Rush only speaks to that idea, while Liverpool are still on course for a total of five trophies this season – with records galore remaining on offer with a best-ever Premier League points tally still within the Reds’ grasp.
While there is plenty of work still to do, for Klopp to already be mentioned in the same breath as the likes of Paisley is surely a pointer as to the size of the achievements that the German’s team are reaching under his leadership, with no signs of Liverpool’s dominance slowing down any time soon.
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