Liverpool legend Steve McManaman said clubs should learn from the faith shown to Jurgen Klopp after the German won the Premier League as the fifth oldest coach in English football.
The Reds became champions for the first time in 30 years last week to end an incredible five-year trip to Klopp, and McManaman believes he can set an example to spark happy owners that patience can lead to success.
McManaman, now a coach at Liverpool Academy who has played for the club for almost ten years, says that the men of the shelter must be allowed to “ work their magic ” if they want to have a chance to reproduce Klopp.
Steve McManaman wants Jurgen Klopp to serve as an example of patience with managers
Liverpool board of directors has fully trusted Klopp since his arrival in 2015
When informed of The Gary Newbon Sports Show Commenting on Klopp’s record as one of the country’s oldest managers, he said: “I think this fact is a shame because we have to stay with our managers much longer.
“I have always asked for patience, even my job as a specialist, I don’t like this recruitment and dismissal of managers very quickly. How are they supposed to lie down and develop roots for the team if they are at work for 8 months?
“Klopp, from day one, he gets the club. It is as if he had read the history of the club before arriving here. It was given time by the owners, but more importantly each year there has been an improvement.
“Every year, there’s been a progression in what he’s trying to achieve – the players know it’s going to be long term.”
This patience led to a Premier League title and glory in the Champions League last summer
McManaman said criticism of United Ole boss Gunnar Solskjaer last year was “ excruciating ”
He highlighted Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, who was criticized earlier this season when United made one of its worst starts in decades.
Now, the Red Devils have regrouped and are looking for serious contenders to finish in the lead, but McManaman thinks that the comments made recently on the Norwegian were “excruciating”.
“If you look at Solskjaer, some of the criticism he has addressed to former United players has been excruciating, but you can see that the steps he is trying to take are excellent.
“You can see the fruits starting to bear now – they look like a team. Pogba and fernandes look good, [Anthony] Martial and [Marcus] Rashford looks good. And you think of two or three big signatures and they could become a force again.
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“We have to be patient with managers. As long as they sit with the right philosophy, the right idea, the right style of football – I think that’s the way to go. You have to give them patience, let them work their magic and Jurgen Klopp absolutely did.
“ He excelled to make it to two Champions League finals. To realize what they have accomplished – we are talking about Zinedine Zidanes, we are talking about Pep Guardiolas, Madrids and Barcelonas – now is the time to talk about Jurgen Klopp.
McManaman made 364 outings at Anfield before getting a move to Real Madrid, but admits he’s still a Liverpool man at heart, and working closely with the club’s youth only makes him more passionate .
Klopp deserves all the credit for working his magic over the years at the club, says McManaman
He has played for the Reds 364 times and has won two cups and says he is still a Liverpool man at heart
The 48-year-old grew up in the city as an Everton fan and said that football in the 1970s and 1980s “ kept everyone sane, ” even though Liverpool was a difficult place to live at the time.
“ I still work with Liverpool, I always go to the academy – so all these young players who played this year, I sat on the bench when they eliminated Shrewsbury during the resumption, I was in the locker room part-time and full-time so it means a lot more.
“I was born in Kirkdale, ten minutes from Anfield. Football in the 70s and 80s in Liverpool was everything. Politically and economically, it was very difficult to live there, football kept everyone sane.
McManaman worked with the club academy alongside youth coach Neil Critchley, left
He was delighted with the progression of the young talents of the club after having coached them.
“For my parents, for my friends, football was the light that shines – the beacon. I joined [Liverpool] when I was 14 in 1986, then my love for Liverpool was so obvious, so it means the world to me.
He said the Liverpool title victory makes him thrilled for everyone involved in the club, adding that everyone, from the grassroots to the academy and the club staff, deserves a chance to celebrate.
“The fact that I live here and that I am in Anfield every two weeks or on the training ground, I am very happy for everyone concerned,” he said.
He said it was a great time for everyone at the club to celebrate the success of the Liverpool title
“The director of the academy is a good friend of mine. I am delighted for him, he has the young players, prepared them and sent them to Jurgen in Melwood to work their magic.
‘The Curtis Jones’, the Neco Williams ‘, the Harvey Elliots’ – all these players with whom I have known and trained in recent years, everyone has done their job so well in recent years but it’s really a good time to celebrate.
“Everyone, from the man who lets them pass the doors of the boss to the owners, deserves huge credit because everything they do works.
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