Reds legend Steven Gerrard has revealed that Jurgen Klopp was very confident of turning things around at Liverpool when he accepted the managerial role.
Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers at Liverpool back in 2015, and the club have been on an upward spiral since. Liverpool have claimed the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Super Cup and the FIFA Club World Cup under the guidance of the German.
Liverpool are also a serious chance to claim a maiden Premier League title under Klopp, as the Reds currently possess a 13-point lead at the top of the table with a game in hand.
Rodgers’ Liverpool were sitting tenth in the Premier League before Klopp arrived, but despite that being the case, Klopp was confident he could turn it all around.
Due to the standards Klopp has set, Gerrard believes whoever succeeds the German will have a tough job.
“It would be harder,’ Gerrard said on The Greatest Game.
“I had a conversation with Jurgen when he took the job and he thought he could sort the problems out.
“If I took over now from Jurgen, it would be a tougher job than if I replaced Brendan Rodgers or Roy Hodgson.
“I would probably have a better chance of winning, though.”
Gerrard also added that Klopp would leave Liverpool in a healthier state compared to the position Manchester United were left in under Sir Alex Ferguson.
“I think Fergie knew that he could see the creaking signs and it would need another cycle comes back round,” Gerrard said.
“As we are seeing now, it might be a longer job than people thought.
“I don’t think Jurgen would do that at Liverpool.
“I think he will already know now when he is going to go.”
Considering the success Klopp had at Borussia Dortmund before taking on the Liverpool job, it is hardly surprising he had the confidence in himself to turn things around at Liverpool.
The fact the Anfield faithful were just as confident would have given Klopp even more reason to believe.
There was not one level-headed person associated with the club that was not fully behind him, even when things were somewhat tough at the beginning.
As Gerrard stated, it will be difficult to succeed Klopp, but that is a good thing. Standards have been set and Liverpool need to consistently meet those standards.