‘Liver­pool fans can re­late to Jur­gen. He is not full of his own im­por­tance’

Kenny Dal­glish ad­mires the Ger­man for mak­ing ev­ery­one happy at An­field,

The Sunday Telegraph - Sport - - PREMIER LEAGUE -

I he tells Chris Bas­combe f you ask those sit­ting on the Kop to de­scribe the pro­to­type Liver­pool man­ager, they would want some­one with em­pa­thy with the sup­port­ers; an un­der­stand­ing of the his­tory and cul­ture of their city, its pol­i­tics, its tri­umphs and tragedies; and a ded­i­ca­tion to play the stylish, at­tack­ing foot­ball first es­tab­lished in the 1960s.

Or, if they wanted to cut to the chase, they would just point at Kenny Dal­glish and say, ‘Some­one a bit like him.’

Al­though the thrills and im­prove­ments on the field since Jür­gen Klopp took over at An­field are what mat­ter most, it is the Ger­man’s rap­port with the Kop that made his ap­point­ment such an ob­vi­ous fit when he took over 14 months ago.

Some of his pre­de­ces­sors wilted in the shadow of leg­ends, but Dal­glish of­fers the clos­est Liver­pool can get to a re­gal en­dorse­ment when eu­lo­gis­ing Klopp’s work so far. “Jür­gen is some­body the sup­port­ers can re­late to,” says Dal­glish, now a non-ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor at Liver­pool. “He is not some­one who is full of his own im­por­tance, but some­one who is ac­cept­ing of the job. He won’t tell

Face of An­field: Kenny Dal­glish says Jür­gen Klopp has main­tained the tra­di­tions of the club the Scot rep­re­sented with aplomb (be­low)

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