LIVER­POOL LE­GEND: KLOPP CAN BRING GLORY

Rob­bie Fowler on why the Reds’ Ger­man boss is a born win­ner

7 Days in Dubai - - FRONT PAGE - By Ma­hak Man­nan @Ma­hakLFC ma­hak@7days.ae

For­mer Liver­pool striker Rob­bie Fowler be­lieves charis­matic Reds boss Ju­r­gen Klopp could be the man to bring the glory days back to the Mersey­side club.

Liver­pool have won five straight games un­der the Ger­man and are be­ing tipped to con­tend for the Premier League ti­tle this sea­son.

Hav­ing shown steel to come back from a goal down against Swansea and con­tinue their im­pres­sive start, Fowler be­lieves they could chal­lenge for a first ti­tle since 1990.

“We have had a re­ally good start to this year and hope­fully this will be the case for the rest of the sea­son, then we have a real good chance at com­pet­ing for the ti­tle,” said Fowler, who was speak­ing at the open­ing of the of­fi­cial Liver­pool FC store in Abu Dhabi.

“I love how he man­ages the team, the way he em­braces the play­ers. They have cer­tainly em­braced him.

“The way he cel­e­brates with them af­ter every game makes the play­ers work that lit­tle bit harder for him.

“The team loves play­ing for him. If you have a man­ager who works bet­ter with the team, en­cour­ages them and cheers them on like Klopp does, then the team will put in ex­tra ef­fort, like Liver­pool play­ers are do­ing for Klopp now.”

Klopp en­joyed plenty of suc­cess be­fore mov­ing to An­field, win­ning two league ti­tles and reach­ing a Cham­pi­ons League fi­nal with Borus­sia Dort­mund.

And Fowler be­lieves the 48-year-old’s win­ning men­tal­ity will help at­tract more play­ers and bring suc­cess to Liver­pool. “Klopp is a win­ner, he is the man who could lead Liver­pool back to glory,” said the ex-Reds hit­man. “He is an ex­cel­lent man­ager and his track record speaks vol­umes for that. With his man­age­ment style and the way he wants Liver­pool to play, I am con­fi­dent he will bring a good time to the club. “He can also ex­cite play­ers and play­ers want to play for him. The com­bi­na­tion of a great foot­ball club and a great man­ager makes the play­ers de­ci­sion to move eas­ier.” How­ever, Fowler knows just how dif­fi­cult it is to win a league ti­tle. Hav­ing been part of an ex­cit­ing Liver­pool team in the late 1990s, the striker known as ‘God’ on Mersey­side was un­able to win a Premier League tro­phy.

And with the likes of Pep Guardi­ola, Jose Mour­inho and An­to­nia Conte in the league, Fowler knows that com­pe­ti­tion this year will be in­tense. “City, United, Chelsea are all very good teams and with the new man­agers we can ex­pect them all to be a lot stronger than they were last sea­son,” he added.

“Com­pe­ti­tion for the top is very fierce but Leices­ter proved last year that if you are an or­gan­ised team with good play­ers, any­thing can hap­pen within a sea­son.

“Hope­fully, it will be the same this year. We are play­ing some ex­cit­ing foot­ball and the fans are ab­so­lutely lov­ing it.

“Top four is al­ways pri­or­ity but the main aim is to fin­ish as high up the table as pos­si­ble.”

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