Jamie Carragher leads tributes to ‘legendary’ Jurgen Klopp as the football world reacts to the Liverpool boss leaving the club… with Michael Owen labelling him ‘one of the greatest managers EVER’
Jamie Carragher revealed he was as shocked as anyone following the news that Jurgen Klopp would be leaving the Liverpool club this summer after nine years.
With his side five points clear at the top of the Premier League table, Klopp announced on Friday that this season will be his last at Anfield.
In a post on social media, Carragher expressed his admiration for the former Borussia Dortmund boss but admitted he expected Klopp to stay at the club for years to come.
“This news was always going to be a blow to the club whenever it came.” Carragher wrote on X.
‘I just thought it would be a few more years away. What a manager, what a man, let’s go out with a bang Jurgen!’
Jamie Carragher has paid tribute to Jurgen Klopp after the Liverpool boss announced he will be leaving the club this summer
The former Reds defender has called on Klopp to end his time at Anfield with more title successes
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In his column for the Telegraph paying tribute to Klopp, the former Reds defender added he assumed the German would sign a contract extension when he first heard of the announcement.
He went on to note that Klopp’s lasting legacy on Merseyside will be his rebuilding of a club that had certainly fallen from its previous heights when he arrived in 2015.
“The fact that Klopp has been able to challenge for top honors so consistently is what puts him alongside Pep Guardiola as the best manager in the world.” He wrote.
“When he leaves, presumably having taken Liverpool back into the elite competition and hopefully won more trophies, he will have re-established the club as one of Europe’s greatest off the pitch as well as on it, and last year that was the only anomaly in an otherwise extraordinary reign.’
The former England international celebrated Klopp’s successes on social media alongside several stars of the football world.
Michael Owen has expressed his surprise at the timing of Klopp stepping down as Liverpool boss
Carragher’s former Liverpool team-mate Michael Owen shared his surprise at the timing of Klopp’s departure.
“All great things inevitably come to an end, but I thought it would be 2 or 3 years later.
‘Memories to last a lifetime. One of the greatest managers ever.’
Former Reds goalkeeper Chris Kirkland called the Liverpool boss an ‘incredible person’.
“First of all, what he’s done for the football club, the trophies he’s done since he’s been here, he’s changed the football side of things.” Kirkland said.
‘But as a person as well, the things that people might not see, what he does and being at the club and working for the foundation, he’s an incredible person.
“He treats everyone the same, it doesn’t matter if you’re Mo Salah or someone who takes out the rubbish at Anfield or the training ground.
Erik ten Hag added that the departure is not only negative for Liverpool, but for the Premier League as a whole
‘He treats everyone the same, he gives you that hug, the smile, he just makes you feel good when you’re around him. Just gives you a sense of comfort when you are near him. He is just a wonderful person. He will certainly be missed.’
Meanwhile, Ray Houghton praised Klopp for ‘bringing the pride back’ to his former side.
“What he has done for this club and his time in charge is nothing short of phenomenal. Getting them back to winning the league, getting them to grand finals, getting that pride back in the football club, the joy of playing for Liverpool.
‘It was absolutely incredible and the football they played was a joy to watch. It’s going to be a hell of a pair of shoes to fill.’
Manchester United boss Erik ten Hag also paid tribute to his rival, noting that Klopp’s departure is negative for the Premier League as a whole, a sentiment echoed by Ian Ladyman on It’s All Kicking Off.
Liverpool supporter LeBron James has insisted that Klopp will never be forgotten by fans of the club
“It’s not good for the Premier League.” Ten Hag said.
“He made an era there, he built the club, he brought the club back to where they belong, so congratulations on that. He did a wonderful job in Liverpool.’
Basketball superstar and Liverpool fan LeBron James insisted the 56-year-old left a lasting legacy at the club.
‘THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING AND MORE!! You are a great driver and you will never be forgotten and more importantly, YOU WILL NEVER WALK ALONE!! The Reds will miss you!!’