Liverpool: If Jurgen Klopp is the news Benitez Liverpool will be a lucky flash in the pan
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is just like Rafa Benitez, the Buddha of Anfield who led the Reds to Champions’ League glory. Well so say all the papers.
The similarities between Benitez’s appointment and Klopp’s are striking.
Both left their home country having built their reputation slaying their nation’s financial superpowers with clubs of far less resources, utilising the qualities of players they improved rather than paid a fortune for.
In other words Liverpool have invested in a known winner.
Like Benitez, Klopp won two domestic titles before deciding to fulfil the ambition of taking on a Premier League giant in need of revival. He left Borussia Dortmund on his own terms with an emotional goodbye, echoing Benitez’s farewell to Valencia eleven years ago.
Uncanny. It’s almost as if Liverpool have a plan: hire a foreign manager whose made it.
No, says the Metro. This is fate.
Rafael Benitez was the last manager to lead the club to any sort of success and there are spooky similarities between the start of his reign and the start of Klopp’s.
Go on, Will Giles:
Klopp signed his three-year contract in the sixth boardroom of the appropriately named Hope Street Hotel – which is exactly the same place where Benitez signed his in June 2004.
But it doesn’t stop there – Benitez’s first league game in charge of Liverpool was Tottenham away. Klopp’s first game in charge? Tottenham away.
The game ended 1-1.
Benitez also managed to win the Champions League in his first season and while Klopp won’t be able to replicate that success straight away, you can’t deny that the omens look good.
You can. But the Daily Mirror can’t.
The eerie fact that suggests Jurgen Klopp could be as successful at Liverpool as Rafa Benitez
Klopp has promised a trophy within four years at Anfield – but could one arrive even sooner now we’ve discovered this omen?
Good if it does because he’s only on a three-year deal.
Klopp promised a trophy within four years to the Anfield faithful and maybe that’s because he knows his arrival at the club has more than a hint of Rafa Benitez’s. Because Klopp signed his mega-bucks Liverpool contract in the very same room that Benitez did way back in 2004. Both put pen to paper in the sixth boardroom of the Hope Street Hotel.
Oh, good grief.
Benitez won the Champions League in his first season at Liverpool and the FA Cup a year later. He remained a massively popular figure despite no league titles.
Not massively popular with everyone, though. In 2010, with four years of his five-year contract to run, Rafa was “extremely sad” to be leaving the club.
Good lucky, Jurgen. You’re gonna need it.