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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

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.

"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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