Ranieri makes bold claim about Klopp, Liverpool fans will be intrigued by comments
By Dominic Toner
Leicester City manager Claudio Ranieri is convinced that Jurgen Klopp will be a force to be reckoned with in the upcoming Premier League season.
Klopp took over as the club’s new manager last October after they parted ways with Brendan Rogers, and the German went on to guide them to an eight-placed finish last season.
The German showed signs of his pedigree by guiding Liverpool to two cup finals and knitting the club following a poor last 18 months under Rodgers.
“Klopp will have the advantage of having broken the ice with the environment and learned more about the Premier League,” Ranieri told Gazzetta dello Sport, as cited by Metro.
“He also seems to me perfect for a particular environment such as that of Liverpool.”
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The German manager recently signed a contract extension with the club which will keep him at Anfield until 2022.
Prior to Anfield the 49-year-old left Borussia Dortmund, who he helped claim two Bundesliga titles in his seven-year spell.
Klopp has already been busy in the transfer window securing Sadio Mane, Joel Matip, Loris Karius and Marko Grujic, whose £5million transfer was agreed in January.
However the manager has expressed his desire to trim his 38-man squad and expects a lot of players to be sold or loaned out.
Liverpool will be expecting a strong league campaign similar to their 2013/14 season where they finished runners up, in which they had no European distractions allowing players more rest period.
Similarly Klopp will not have to juggle the tough European fixture list and can focus on the club’s league aspirations.
In other Liverpool news, Jose Mourinho is set to launch a shock bid for the club’s £14million-rated midfielder.