By Amir Mir
Liverpool legend Dietmar Hamann believes manager Jurgen Klopp will install a Borussia Dortmund-like mentality at the club in order for them to compete at the very top.
Klopp was appointed Liverpool manager in October, and he has since installed a belief and battling mentality at the club, as was proven when they reached the finals of the Europa League and the League cup last term.
The ex-Dortmund manager turned the fortunes around for the club when he took charge in 2008 from German side Mainz.
The club had just recorded its worst season in 20 years, but less than five years later the German had taken them to the top of the Bundesliga summit by dethroning Bayern Munich to win the Bundesliga title.
The 2005 Champions league winner, Hamann pinpointed the struggles his fellow countrymen faced when he took on the Dortmund job.
“Nobody could compete with them [Bayern] for a longer spell and the general consensus was that no team ever would,” Hamann wrote in his column for the Liverpool magazine. “Bayern were too big, too powerful and just too good.
“He (Klopp) made them so mentally strong that they became league champions two years in a row, cup winners and even Champions League finalists. They toppled Bayern to become the Bundesliga’s best.
“Right now Klopp is setting out to achieve something similar with Liverpool in the Premier League.”
In his first few months in charge of Liverpool the club has seen a high pressing game and quick, counter-attacking football, the same methods Klopp successfully used at Dortmund which won him two German titles.
Liverpool have not won the English league since 1990 but Hamman believes he can turn the fortunes around at Liverpool, just like he did with his old club.
“Shortly after his appointment he told his players he wanted them to become mentally strong machines similar to those he had at Dortmund,” said Hamann.
“Those type of fixtures often see sides cancel each other out. So it can be the team who are mentally stronger that doesn’t make the vital mistake or just squeezes through to a semi-final or final.”
In the latest Liverpool news, highly-rated goalkeeper Danny Ward has signed a new five-year deal with the club after impressing manager Klopp.