Liverpool news: German World Cup legend claims Jurgen Klopp ‘as good as Pep Guardiola’

LIVERPOOL manager Jurgen Klopp’s approach to management makes his players better, according to German legend Lothar Matthaus.

The Reds have been tipped to provide a serious challenge for Manchester City’s Premier League title this season.

And Matthaus believes his fellow countryman is the right man to lead the Anfield side to glory.

Klopp has drawn praise for getting the best out of his players, and the ex-FIFA World Player of the Year has revealed what he thinks makes Klopp such a good boss.

He said: “It’s not just Pep Guardiola who makes players better; Klopp does, too.

“He’ll never kill a player – he’s always on their side”

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“He’s also a motivator, and not just with his words.

“When Liverpool score and he jumps around or runs to the players, that’s not acting – it’s how he feels inside. Players feel he’s one of them.

“He’s like a second father for the young players, talking with them and helping them,” he added.

“He’ll never kill a player – he’s always on their side. That’s a very important reason why he has such good results.”

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Klopp is ‘as good’ as Guardiola according to Matthaus

Klopp has regularly been seen manically celebrating with his players, drawing criticism from the likes of Ian Wright and Gareth Crooks.

Crooks said: “Losing 5-1 is no fun, especially when Reds manager Jurgen Klopp is fist-pumping every goal and celebrating with his staff like it’s the final of the Champions League.”

The 51-year-old first drew the headlines after leading Borussia Dortmund to surprising successive Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.

The following season his men reached the Champions League final, beating Real Madrid twice across the group stages and the semi-finals, before losing 2-1 in the final to Bayern Munich.

One player who was a major part of Klopp’s success at Dortmund was Robert Lewandowski, and Matthaus compared the German’s development of the striker with that of his recent work with Mohamed Salah.

“It’s much harder to improve a good player than an average player, but Klopp made Robert Lewandowski better at Dortmund and he’s made Mo Salah better at Liverpool,” he said.

“We saw Salah’s speed at Roma, but he didn’t look as relaxed or clever in the penalty area as he does now.

“He’s one of the best players in the world, and he can become the best.”

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