Klopp, formerly in charge of Borussia Dortmund, is favourite to become the new Reds manager after Rodgers was sacked following Sunday’s 1-1 Merseyside derby draw – a move welcomed by Owen along with many other ex-players of the Premier League club. It remains to be seen what the club’s next step will be, with an worldwide break next, they may take their time.
The Liverpool Echo reported that talks had already begun with Klopp on Monday – just 24 hours after former manager Brendan Rodgers was removed – and that the German was keen to join.
Klopp, who takes much of the credit for Borussia Dortmund’s transformation from Bundesliga relegation fodder to two-time champions, worked closely in Germany with chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzke as well as sporting director Michael Zorc on the issue of recruitment and was understood to be seeking clarity on who would have the final say at Liverpool.
Reports continue to suggest a deal is all but done, but Jurgen Klopp remained noncommittal when asked by a German reporter about whether he would take the Liverpool job.
Regarding Ancelotti’s record, Owen said: “Nobody can fault Ancelotti’s track record over the years and with a coaching resume that includes Juventus, AC Milan, Chelsea, Paris St Germain and Real Madrid there can be little doubt that he would be a success at Liverpool“.
Klopp could also bring another of his former Dortmund coaches with him.
“Jurgen Klopp, who lives out his passion and love for the game, would fit wonderfully to Liverpool’s mentality”.
“However, I’m not sure that Liverpool need a safe pair of hands at this time”.
“Us ex-players have tried to be constructive in our criticism of how Liverpool have portrayed themselves over the last couple of months of last season and the way we’ve started this campaign – it’s not been great”.
The appeal for FSG of securing the services of Klopp is clear.
However, the futures of O’Driscoll, a former England Under-19 manager, and ex-Reds midfielder McAllister at the club look to be short-lived. However, they know they are on borrowed time.
“The club have won only three of their opening league games, against Stoke City, Bournemouth and Aston Villa, and count a 3-0 thrashing at home by West Ham United among their early results”.