Liverpool — Renowned for being flamboyant and emotional,
Juergen Klopp is ready to inject some of that passion into the Liverpool team.
Klopp has signed a three-year deal to take over as manager
from Brendan Rodgers, who nearly led the team to the Premier League title two
seasons ago but struggled since.
"We have to change from doubters into believers,"
Klopp said Friday at Anfield in his first news conference as Liverpool manager.
"It will be full throttle football.
"It is important that players feel the difference from
now on. It is important we play our own game and feel the trust of the
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Rodgers, who was fired last weekend after three years at the
club, faced frequent criticism for his record in the transfer market during his
tenure at Liverpool. The club uses a transfer committee to identify and pursue
players, a policy Klopp said he is happy to continue with.
"For me it is enough that I have the first and the last
word," the 48-year-old German said. "In the middle of these two
words, we can discuss about everything."
Klopp won two Bundesliga titles in seven seasons with
Borussia Dortmund. He also won one German Cup and reached the Champions League
final in 2013 before leaving in May.
He will try to return Liverpool to the Champions League as
well as leading the club back to domestic success. The last of Liverpool's 18
league titles came in 1990.
"Twenty-five years is a long time," Klopp said.
"History is the base for us. It is time to start a new way. I'm not only
here because LFC was calling, I believe in the potential of the team."
Klopp's first game as Liverpool manager is on Oct. 17
against Tottenham at White Hart Lane. Liverpool is 10th in the Premier League
with 12 points from eight matches.For
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