Liverpool chairman Tom Werner on why they appointed Jurgen Klopp

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The former Borussia Dortmund boss was confirmed as Liverpool manager on Thursday.

Liverpool chairman Tom Werner has explained on the club's official website why the Reds decided to appoint Jurgen Klopp as their new manager.

Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as the new Reds boss after the Northern Irishman was sacked on Sunday following a 1-1 draw in the Merseyside derby, with the club currently in 10th place in the Premier League table.

The German, who won two Bundesliga titles with Borussia Dortmund as well as leading them to the Champions League final, takes charge of his first game in eight days time when the Reds travel to Tottenham Hotspur.

He takes over a side that had a poor season in 2014/15, but doesn't inherit too bad a situation, with the club only six points off the top of the Premier League at present and yet to be eliminated from any cup competition. 

Werner explained that they couldn't miss out on the opportunity to bring Klopp to Anfield.

He told the club's official website: “When an opportunity presents itself to acquire one of the most sought-after leaders in the game, it is something you have to pursue decisively and we are delighted he has accepted our invitation.

“He possesses all the qualities we are looking for in a manager - he is a strong, inspirational leader, who has a clear philosophy of high energy, attacking football. Critically, he is also a winner and someone who can connect with and enthuse our supporters.

“It is our job now to support Jürgen every step of the way and help him achieve his full potential at this great football club.

“He is enthusiastic about the squad of players and wants the team to fight to achieve success this season and beyond. His attitude is infectious and we believe it will lift the entire club.”

Fans certainly are enthusiastic about the appointment and it is also interesting to see that Werner suggests that Klopp will be backed in order to bring success to Liverpool. This is after two summers when the club has spent in excess of £100 million on players, but has yet to see the desired results. It's pleasing to see a hint at least for Liverpool fans that they are prepared to spend once again. 

But another aspect that is also telling is speaking about the manager's enthusiasm for the squad that is currently in place. Though it may not be achieving what is expected of it currently, it seems that Fenway Sports Group are pleased that the German may not envisage too many changes on the playing staff just yet, and are happy that Klopp believes he can take the side forward with the existing group of players.

Just how they all adapt to the new manager, and how quickly they do so in the coming weeks, remains to be seen. 

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