Jurgen Klopp says there’s ‘no comparison possible’ between himself and three Liverpool legends. This comes after calls for a statue of the Reds boss.
Steven Gerrard recently called for a statue of Klopp in light of his European and domestic success. Klopp himself, however, doesn’t believe that’s right.
The German pointed out that no one had earned a statue while still alive – so he doesn’t plan on having one any time soon. More than that, Klopp doesn’t feel he’s met the standards of other Reds legends.
“I want to live for another 30 or 40 years so I’m not interested in statues,” he said, per the Echo. “We don’t have to compare me with the great figures.
“[Bill] Shankly changed the club, [Bob] Paisley won everything, [Kenny] Dalglish was player and a manager, there is no comparison possible. It is not needed.”
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In truth, he’s absolutely right. Klopp has undoubtedly earned the right to have his name among the Liverpool greats but he’s not quite at the top table yet.
That’s no fault of his, of course, it’s simply that the standards at Liverpool are as high as anywhere.
Shankly picked up a struggling second division side and turned them into one of Europe’s best. He’s undeniably the greatest and most important figure in Liverpool’s history.
Dalglish won the lot as a player and then managed one of the greatest teams English football has ever seen. His time during the club, including his actions surrounding Hillsborough, is unique and untouchable.
Then there’s Paisley. His success is unparalleled in English football – arguably European. Six league titles and three European Cups in nine years is a record that no one else can match.
This isn’t to talk down Klopp’s achievements, of course. What he’s accomplished is extraordinary and he’s rightly one of the club’s greatest figures.
But for a statue, there’s work to be done. And hopefully he continues to get closer and closer to that top table over the next few years.