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Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: I'd love to join backroom staff at Anfield, says Robbie Fowler

Fowler: Bredan Rodgers was a very good Liverpool manager. I liked him as a man and as a manager

By Gary Fennelly

Published 06/10/2015

Robbie Fowler is back at Liverpool
Robbie Fowler is back at Liverpool
Robbie Fowler played with Warren Feeney at Cardiff. (Photo by Paul Kane/Getty Images)
Robbie Fowler During his time at Liverpool, Robbie Fowler caused uproar after responding to taunts from Everton fans by mimicking cocaine sniffing on the touchline after scoring in the Merseyside derby. During the post-match press conference, then Liverpool boss Gerard Houllier claimed his player had been pretending to eat the grass. Fowler was handed a four-match ban. Two years earlier Fowler had been in trouble for a celebration when after scoring against Norwegian team Brann Bergen he lifted up his shirt to reveal a t-shirt supported sacked Liverpool dockers. He was fined 2,000 Swiss Francs by Uefa who stated their regulations prohibit players from displaying political logos at matches.
Robbie Fowler and Roy Keane clash during the 1996 FA Cup final between the teams, which United won to clinch a second league and cup double
Liverpool’s Robbie Fowler and Jamie Redknapp before the 1996 FA Cup Final

Liverpool legend Robbie Fowler has revealed he would love to join Jurgen Klopp at Anfield.

The 48-year-old German manager is looking increasingly likely to be named as Brendan Rodgers’ successor by the end of the week. Rumours are circulating on social media that he has already arrived in Liverpool.

Fowler, 40, has now said that he would relish a return to the club if there was a chance to work alongside the former Borussia Dortmund boss.

"I'd be lying if I said I wasn't interested," Fowler said.

"When a new manager comes in I’d love to be on the backroom staff. Liverpool is a massive part of my life and if that was to be case I’d love that.

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"My opinion is that Jurgen Klopp is a very good manager. I’ve never met him but looking as an outsider I was impressed with what he did in Germany for Dortmund.

"It's exactly the same with Carlo Ancelotti. I like his manner, I like Jurgen Klopp's manner. I like the way they are with their teams. They get their teams playing great football.

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Jurgen Klopp is seen as the ideal fit at Liverpool
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LONDON, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 25: Jurgen Klopp manager of Borussia Dortmund speaks during a Borussia Dortmund press conference, ahead of the UEFA Champions League Group D match against Arsenal, at Emirates Stadium on November 25, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Ian Walton/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp views working in England as an attractive prospect
DORTMUND, GERMANY - NOVEMBER 06: Head Coach Jurgen Klopp of Borussia Dortmund smiles prior to the UEFA Champions League Group F match between Borussia Dortmund and Arsenal at Signal Iduna Park on November 6, 2013 in Dortmund, Germany. (Photo by Lars Baron/Bongarts/Getty Images)

"Good football is what we deserve at Liverpool and both of these managers could supply that."

Fowler, who has his coaching badges, has previously coached at Milton Keynes Dons, Muangthong United and Liverpool Academy.

Asked about the decision to sack Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers, Fowler said: "He was a very good Liverpool manager. I liked him as a man and as a manager. I thought his man-management style was very good.

"But the club have said they want a change. It’s the club’s idea and we all stand by that decision."

"He never got us to what we wanted to do, which is win the league, but he got us very close. I don't think he was a failure. I think he did very well.

"I said before - football is a results business. If you're not getting the results you want, winning leagues or cups, then questions will be asked. Unfortunately that is the case for Brendan."

Meanwhile German great Franz Beckenbauer added his endorsement for Klopp, telling Sky Sports News: "He is for me one of the best (managers) in the world. If Liverpool have the chance to sign him for their club they should do it.

"He talks to the players and gives them a good feeling.

"This combination - Liverpool and Jurgen Klopp - it's a very good combination."


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