Thursday 22 March 2018

John Giles: Jurgen Klopp would be a perfect fit for Liverpool

Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp
Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp
Declan Whooley

Declan Whooley

John Giles believes that Borussia Dortmund manager would be best placed to take over Liverpool if he were to take over at a Premier League club this summer.

Klopp revealed on yesterday that he will not be fulfilling the remainder of his contract, which was due to expire in 2018.

Instead, he will be terminating his agreement with the Westphalians in the summer to seek a new challenge, but he has vowed to win as many games as he can before bringing his seven-year reign to an end.

Speaking on Newstalk's Off The Ball, Giles said he would make a positive contribution to the English top-flight and says Liverpool, who take on Aston Villa in the FA Cup semi-final this weekend, would be the best fit.

"Looking at his record, I think Liverpool would be a club he's be well suited for," he said. "Liverpool are not one of the big spenders at the moment, they don't have the money. They are only able to spend a certain amount."

"That's what he had at Dortmund. He wasn't one of the big spenders, he used to sell players. He kept them (Dortmund) there and they won the league and was very, very successful.

"He did that under the conditions that might be there at Liverpool. I saw in the paper this morning where he said 'Whether I have got €5m or €40m I'm still going to be okay'. In other words it's not the money that's going to drive me, it's the club I go to, which is very, very sensible."

The former Republic of Ireland international and manager believes that opportunities at other leading Premier League clubs are limited, particularly Arsenal, with Klopp constantly linked with replacing Arsene Wenger.

"I don't think Wenger will ever feel ready to leave. I think they'll have to carry him out of Arsenal.

"He's obviously not going to get the Man United job. Manchester City? That's if he gets the conditions he wants.  City are one of the big spenders, Dortmund weren't."

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