Houllier heaps praise on Klopp

    Klopp and Houllier pictured together at a UEFA summit

    Former Liverpool manager Gerard Houllier has said that current boss Jürgen Klopp has always been a fan of the club.

    The Frenchman has said that Klopp was always asking him about his experience of being in charge of the Reds when the pair met at UEFA events down the years.

    “I know Jürgen from UEFA meetings and he has always liked Liverpool. He had a passion for the club.” he told the Express.

    “He was always talking about Liverpool. What we did, how we lived. I can tell you he was a true fan of Liverpool and he was following the results before going there.”

    Houllier also feels that Klopp has been correct in dismissing the idea of making signings in the January transfer window.

    “I like what Jürgen said, ‘I am not going to sign anybody’. They are in the semi-final of the Capital One Cup, which could give a lot of confidence for the rest of the season.” he said.

    “We saw that when we won and you saw that with Chelsea. When Mourinho won that trophy , he won the title on the back of it.

    “Sometimes with a competition like that you get a sense of relief first because you win something and then it gives you confidence.

    “I would not neglect that aspect of their season and they play the second leg of their semi-final at home. It is interesting.

    “They are still in the Europa League too, and they have a role to play in that. That can bring them confidence.” he continued.

    Houllier went on to praise the way that Klopp sets his side up and feels that the style of play is “a very modern way”.

    “In a way, he will bring something different. And the way he plays is a very modern way; high pressing, offensive football and quick transition.” he said.

    “I don’t agree with those who say the standard in the Premier League is not what it was. Because the pace of the game is so high and so intense, you sometimes think it is not as technical as maybe it used to be.

    “But it is still entertaining. You don’t find teams trying not to lose, they go for a win.” he finished.

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