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Jurgen Klopp “a great fit at Liverpool” – Dietmar Hamann

Following speculation over Brendan Rodgers’ future as Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has been backed as a potential successor.

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Dietmar Hamann has suggested Jurgen Klopp would be the ideal man to take over from Brendan Rodgers if the Liverpool manager is sacked.

The former Reds midfielder told Sky Germany that Klopp would be “a great fit at Liverpool.”

Assessing Rodgers’ position at the helm on Merseyside, Hamann referenced the mounting pressure on the Northern Irishman following Saturday’s 3-1 loss away to Manchester United.

“The pressure in Liverpool gets bigger,” he said, according to ESPN.

“The fans are on the barricades. But the coach is backed by the club, and anyway the question is: Would Klopp move there during the season?

“Had they asked before the season, I am 99 percent sure that he would have joined them.

“Many people say that he will take over Bayern on July 1, 2016, but I don’t know whether he’s a fit there.

“He’d be a great fit at Liverpool.”

LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - Saturday, August 29, 2015: Liverpool's manager Brendan Rodgers and West Ham United's manager Slaven Bilic during the Premier League match at Anfield. (Pic by David Rawcliffe/Propaganda)

Hamann’s suggestion that Klopp would have been interested in joining Liverpool after leaving Borussia Dortmund in the summer is intriguing, with owners Fenway Sports Group instead deciding to stick with Rodgers, despite a dismal sixth-placed campaign in 2014/15.

Klopp didn’t fare much better with Dortmund, leading the club to seventh in the Bundesliga after just four wins in the first 19 games of the season.

But the German is still regarded as one of the finest managers in European football.

His impressive brand of high-pressing, counter-attacking football led to Bundesliga titles in 2010/11 and 2011/12.

Klopp also masterminded a charge for the Champions League in 2012/13, with Dortmund eventually losing out to rivals Bayern Munich in the final.

However, as Hamann intimates, the 48-year-old may be happy to wait until the summer before making the move back into management.

Klopp himself recently told reporters that he would prefer a challenge on his return, saying his preferred destination would be “not an absolute top club.”

The Liverpool Echo quoted for the former Mainz manager as saying: “There are other good projects that are exciting who need help.”

If Liverpool continue to flounder under Rodgers’ management this season, they certainly would need help.

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