Why Jurgen Klopp is Liverpools perfect manager – and is only going to get better – Mirror Online

Why Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool\s perfect manager - and is only going to get better - Mirror Online

Liverpool: Daniel Sturridge and Alberto Moreno to leave club

EXCLUSIVE: Ex-Germany boss Klinsmann is a friend and former rival of the Liverpool boss, whom he believes is the complete package

England striker Sturridge, 29, scored 67 goals in 160 appearances after joining from Chelsea in January 2013.

That was just one example of how English football has been blessed with some brilliant characters, thanks in large part to an influx of foreign managers. They say that “variety is the spice of life,” and thanks to Klopp, Pochettino as well as the likes of Pep Guardiola, Maurizio Sarri, Nuno Espirito Santo and Unai Emery, the Premier League really does have an interesting mix of personalities. After all, a mix of personalities only serves to increase the sense of entertainment in sport, and character was not in short supply during Saturday’s final.

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said: “The most important words to say to these two remarkable players are thank you.”

The Reds are keen to offer Klopp a new contract after winning the Champions League with a 2-0 victory over Tottenham in Madrid on Saturday.

In a similar way, many neutrals would have felt for Pochettino after his side lost, especially after the manner in which Tottenham reached the final. His tears of sheer joy after winning in the last minute versus Ajax were shared again and again on social media, and although he failed to enjoy similar success in the final, he was classy in his reaction to the defeat.

The German said: “Alberto is a person whose personality is reflected in how he plays – full of life, full of energy, always positive. An unbelievable character who is always willing to give all of himself for the team.

“Daniel has earned the right to be considered a modern-day Liverpool great, I would think. He came to the club while we were trying to rebuild and re-establish ourselves. Some of the goals he has scored for Liverpool were so, so, so important.

When interviewed on the pitch after the match, Klopp was questioned about why he was not already drenched in beer, as is customary in his native Germany. “I don't know, it's usually 20 minutes after the game and I'm already half-p***ed,” the entertaining boss laughed. “I didn't even get a water!”

“We will miss them of course, but we can say farewell with the best words possible: Guys, you leave as European champions.”

Last Saturday marked the 27th edition of the Champions League final in its current guise, and the all-English affair was hotly anticipated. Both Liverpool and Tottenham had mounted thrilling comebacks versus Barcelona and Ajax respectively in the semi-finals, representing some of the very best matches ever seen in the competition.

Both players leave Anfield having fallen out of favour during the 2018-19 season. Sturridge made 27 appearances in all competitions but 20 of those were as a substitute. Moreno made just four starts and one substitute appearance.

Yet one thing that did not fail to live up to expectations was the character displayed by both men in charge. Those who watched both Jurgen Klopp and Mauricio Pochettino become emotional when talking to BT Sport about personal pictures from their past couldn’t have failed to become moved by their raw honesty.

They were both part of the Liverpool team that was beaten in the 2016 EFL Cup and Europa League finals in Klopps first season in charge.

Going on to make a quip about his family’s patients over numerous previous defeats in major finals, Klopp also sang on camera about Liverpool’s sixth Champions League trophy, changing the word “sex” for “six” in the Salt-N-Pepa song “Let’s Talk About Sex!”

Sturridge began his career at Manchester City before joining Chelsea in 2009. He also spent six months on loan at Bolton during his time at Stamford Bridge before making the move to Anfield.

However, the final itself did not live up to the pre-match hype, perhaps in part to a penalty conceded by Spurs within the opening 30 seconds of the match. The spot-kick was duly converted by Mohamed Salah, and from that moment onwards, the game never really clicked into gear in the way that was expected.

He scored 24 goals in his first full season at the club as Luis Suarezs strike partner as Liverpool challenged for the Premier League before ultimately finishing second to Manchester City.

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After struggling for first-team football he spent the second half of last season on loan at West Brom, although injury restricted him to just six appearances.

With the Liverpool boss looking slightly worse for wear on the team bus on Sunday, it’s clear that he was able to enjoy the celebrations with a few drinks, and it is this human side of football that so many enjoy being able to watch.

In November 2018 Sturridge was charged with misconduct by the Football Association over alleged breaches of betting rules in January of that year. The striker, who denies the charges, was given until February to provide written evidence but has yet to hear a verdict from the governing body.

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Moreno, who has been capped four times by Spain, came through the youth ranks at Sevilla before moving to Anfield for around £12m. He was first-choice left-back left for two seasons but lost his place to James Milner and then Andy Robertson in recent seasons.

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