Jurgen Klopp is the "best fit" for Liverpool and would bring a "burning desire" to succeed at Anfield, according to former Reds striker Michael Owen.
Klopp is expected to replace Brendan Rodgers as manager with the German coach currently in talks with the club. Should a deal be agreed, Owen believes the club will have appointed the right man.
“If indeed these are the two main men (Carlo Ancelotti and Jurgen Klopp) I would think that Klopp is the better fit for Liverpool at this time," he wrote on sportlobster.com.
"I think that a younger and potentially hungrier manager in Jurgen Klopp would be the best fit for Liverpool in their current predicament.
“His appointment would certainly excite the Liverpool fans who had become so disillusioned with Rodgers and in this day and age their part in the whole process cannot be over-estimated. He would also bring a burning desire to succeed and to take the club from their true position of 'top six' to right back in the mix for winning the title and where finishing top four is a given every season.”
Carlo Ancelotti factfile
Carlo Ancelotti factfile
1/4 Tale of the Tape
Born: Reggiolo, Italy
Age: 56 (10 June 1959)Height: 5ft 10in
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2/4 Playing career:
1976-79: Parma; 1979-87: Roma; 1987-92: AC MilanPosition: Midfieder Parma: 55 apps, 13 goals Roma: 227 (17) AC Milan: 160 (11) Total: 442 (41) Italy 1981-91: 26 (1) Honours: Serie A (83, 88, 92) Coppa Italia (80, 81, 84, 86) European Cup (89, 90)
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3/4 Managerial career - (part 1/2)
1995-96: ReggianaMatches: 41 Wins: 17 Draws: 14 Losses: 10 Win %: 41.46 Honours: N/A 1996-98: Parma Matches: 87 Wins: 42 Draws: 27 Losses: 18 Win %: 48.28 Honours: N/A 1999-01: Juventus Matches: 114 Wins: 63 Draws: 33 Losses: 18 Win %: 55.26 Honours: N/A 2001-09: AC Milan Matches: 423 Wins: 238 Draws: 101 Losses: 84 Win %: 56.26 Honours: Serie A (04), Champions League (03, 07), Coppa Italia (03)
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4/4 Managerial career - (part 2/2)
2009-11: ChelseaMatches: 109 Wins: 67 Draws: 20 Losses: 22 Win %: 61.47 Honours: Premier League (10), FA Cup (10) 2011-13: Paris Saint-Germain Matches: 77 Wins: 49 Draws: 19 Losses: 9 Win %: 63.64 Honours: Ligue 1 (13) 2013-15: Real Madrid Matches: 119 Wins: 89 Draws: 14 Losses: 16 Win %: 74.79 Honours: Champions League (14), Copa Del Rey (14)
Former Chelsea and Real Madrid manager Ancelotti has also been linked with the role, but Owen, who scored 158 goals during his time at Anfield, argues that Klopp would be better.
“The other big advantage that Klopp has over Ancelotti is that whereas Ancelotti has generally managed at clubs who were already very successful with a squad full of top players, Klopp took over at Borussia Dortmund when they were in a similar position to that which Liverpool find themselves in now.”
Owen admits that whoever takes over at Anfield will have a tough task ahead of them.
“As Brendan Rodgers stated in his last interview, there is a considerable job to do in rebuilding the team and the club in general.”
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