Kenny Dalglish has given his seal of approval to Jurgen Klopp’s appointment at Liverpool, insisting that Reds supporters should fasten their seatbelts.
Dalglish was the first man to manage under current owners Fenway Sports Group, taking the club to the League Cup and FA Cup final in the 2011/12 season, winning the former.
And the man who is revered by supporters of the Merseyside club has backed former Borussia Dortmund manager Klopp to restore the side to their former glories, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers on Sunday.
Speaking to Sky Sports atthe opening of the Dalmarnock Legacy Hub in Glasgow, Dalglish said:
There is disappointment when anyone loses their job,’ said Dalglish. ‘Obviously for Brendan, there is huge disappointment to lose his job at Liverpool.
But I just heard Jurgen Klopp’s press conference coming up the road there and he sounds very, very impressive
I think the supporters will need to fasten their seatbelts and I’m sure they’ll really enjoy him. He seems someone who is not in love with himself, which the Liverpool supporters can relate to. I’m sure they’ll take him to their hearts.
In the press conference, I heard him describe himself as the “normal one”. That will do them (fans) fine, because they regard themselves as being pretty normal
I don’t know (Klopp). I have only seen and heard snippets of him on television and radio in the past but he came across really well this morning. And this is something that augurs well for everybody.
He has got off to a fantastic start. But it is a really difficult run of games coming up. As he said this morning, he is going to work as hard as anybody else.
It’s not rocket science. If everyone works together you have a much better chance of success.
Dalglish won six league titles and three European Cups during his playing days at Liverpool, and is regarded to be one of, if not the, greatest player in the team’s long and illustrious histroy.
His endorsement of Klopp will mean a lot to supporters, and gets the German’s reign off to the perfect start.
He’ll be looking to match the waves of euphoria that have accompanied his appointment when his charges travel to take on Tottenham on October 17 in a tough introduction to English football.