Liverpool CEO Ian Ayre has recounted the club’s decision to appoint Jurgen Klopp as manager one year ago, saying there is “no better character” for the job.
It has been very good start to life on Merseyside for Klopp, who has brought a feel-good factor and winning mentality back to the club, both on and off the pitch.
The charismatic German has got Liverpool playing some of the most eye-catching football in the country, and he has created a team spirit that can prove invaluable.
Ayre has lauded Klopp’s ability to listen to others, and says in terms of his personality, the Reds have the perfect man at the helm.
“The external view may focus on Jurgen’s energy and emotion but the reality is he is an extremely dedicated guy who values the input from other people,” Ayre told the Express.
“So someone like assistant manager Zeljko Buvac will have a profound effect on what we are doing and—whether it is me, the owners, the other coaching staff, the scouts or the commercial department—Jurgen is a real listener.
“It’s not true to say we invested everything in him. He is extremely collaborative.
“He is prepared to have the debate. He will say his piece and stand his ground, and so he should, but he is a grown-up and he is prepared to accept that not everything will be as he wants.
“When you come to a football club from another country and another league, it is very difficult to be accepted.
“To get so many people behind him so quickly is great testament to the person he is.
“Whatever happens on the football pitch in the future only time will tell, but I don’t think you could pick a better character to fit this club.
“Seeing that unfold has certainly given me satisfaction.
“It is a massive challenge and won’t be without its ups and downs but in terms of did we get the right man for the job? There is absolutely no question. That stands out a mile.”
Having started this season strongly, inevitable talk of a maiden Premier League title for Liverpool is continuing to gather pace.
Some of the performances have been breathtaking, and with the Reds’ rivals at the top looking beatable, it certainly shouldn’t be out of the question.
Whether or not 2016/17 comes a little too early to achieve that goal remains to be seen, but what is clear is that Klopp is the man to bring the glory days back to Anfield.