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Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool: German is the perfect man to lift Liverpool says Dietmar Hamann

By Carl Markham

Liverpool's pursuit of Jurgen Klopp has received almost universal backing from those who know the German and believe he will be an ideal fit at Anfield.

The Reds are continuing negotiations with the former Borussia Dortmund coach, who could be confirmed as Brendan Rodgers' successor by the end of the week.

Klopp has been touted as a candidate for the job for a number of years. He was the preferred candidate for club owners Fenway Sports Group back in 2012 but was at the peak of his success in Germany and could not be prised away, but now looks set to be handed the task of restoring Liverpool's fortunes, much as he did with Dortmund.

Dortmund chief executive Hans-Joachim Watzk said: "He is a very good coach because he has a good mentality for it.

"He has a good style of playing football and the club who get him get a very good manager.

"Every player he has in his hands, he makes them better."

Former Liverpool and Germany midfielder Dietmar Hamann is convinced his compatriot is the perfect choice.

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"He is the ideal candidate. He is the one I would pick," said Hamann. "I don't think Liverpool will become title contenders overnight with his appointment but you need to have a lift from somewhere and he can do this.

"For a lot of fans, Klopp would be the first choice and it looks like he is coming. And I think he can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again, which I think has been lost in the last 12 months."

Hamann has denied claims he had helped persuade Klopp to choose Anfield and is in line for a role on the coaching staff but another former Liverpool favourite Robbie Fowler would be keen on the job.

"I would be lying if I said I wasn't interested - when the new manager comes in I'd love to be on the backroom staff," said Fowler.

"Liverpool is a massive part of my life and if that was to be the case then I would love it.

"My opinion is that he is a very good manager. I was impressed with his performances for Dortmund."

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