Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has compared Franz Beckenbauer’s endorsement of his managerial skills to that of ‘the king knighting a man’.
The former Bayern Munich president lately tipped his German compatriot to one particular day adhere to in his footsteps and take the helm in Bavaria.
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- Klopp’s Liverpool eliminated Bayern from the Champions League round-of-16 following three-1 aggregate win on Wednesday.
- Existing manager Niko Kovac has endured a mixed commence to his tenure.
- Just after the match on Wednesday star striker Robert Lewandowski criticised his defensive techniques.
- Beckenbauer has praised Klopp’s attacking style of play, believing he “taught the Germans how to play football quickly”.
- ‘Der Kaiser’ has considering that backed Klopp for the Bayern hot seat with the Liverpool boss flattered by the recommendation.
Liverpool ran out comfy three-1 winners at the Allianz Arena in midweek, sending Bayern crashing out of the Champions League, and setting up a quarter-final tie with Porto.
The Bavarians are at present second in the Bundesliga getting won the preceding six titles and have now failed to attain the Champions League quarter-finals for the initial time in eight years.
As such, Beckenbauer has lately backed Klopp to take the reins and assist transmit his Borussia Dortmund philosophy to his former club.
The statement has been met with glee by the existing Liverpool manager who believes appraisal from ‘Der Kaiser’ of German football is tantamount to a royal blessing.
“Someone told me what was stated by Beckenbauer,” he stated.
“No, it does not place stress on me.
“I am blessed to have identified him for 14 years. It is one thing really unique and I believe I can say we are mates. When he speaks positively about me, it is just like the king knighting a man ‘sir’,” he added, referring to Beckenbauer’s nickname of ‘Der Kaiser’.
“I really feel superior right here [at Liverpool] but if I drop against Fulham what do you believe will take place then?
“I genuinely like it when men and women speak positively about me, for the reason that I am like all other human beings. But I wouldn’t say I want that praise. If my household and mates believe positively of me that is crucial to me. But all the rest I have no influence on.”
Liverpool travel to west London to take on Fulham in the Premier League on Sunday.
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Klopp: ‘I enjoy it at Liverpool’
The current comments from Beckenbauer, a former World Cup and European Cup winner with Germany and Bayern, will have undoubtedly agitated Liverpool fans.
Considering that taking the job on Merseyside Klopp has fully changed the club’s fortunes, transforming them into genuine Premier League and Champions League title challengers.
And although the prospect of a return to his homeland to handle the most significant club in German football could prove a mouthwatering prospect, Klopp has reaffirmed his commitment to the Reds.
“From my point of view, getting right here at Liverpool is a genuinely superior match. I enjoy it,” Klopp stated.
“The club has offered me a lot of possibilities to create a genuinely superior football group.
“Of course, there are a lot of men and women speaking continually about issues. If you win a game, you are the ideal. If you drop a game, you have no clue about football. That is the globe out there, but inside this club we are not involved in that for the reason that we do not believe in that way.
“What I will say is that I have sufficient self-assurance to say I am the ideal manager for this club at this moment.
“Of course, we will see how that is in the future. We all have to prove just about every day that we are in the ideal spot. So far it has all worked out for me right here – and hopefully it will final a bit longer. That would be cool.”