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'If you swapped': Michael Owen suggests Liverpool man would completely transform Manchester United if he was there

Michael Owen thinks that Jurgen Klopp would turn Manchester United’s dysfunctional structure around in two to three years.

The former Liverpool striker was appearing as a guest on The Kelly & Wrighty Show on Optus Sport. Discussing United’s new manager, Erik ten Hag, Owen suggested that he wasn’t quite on Klopp’s level.

“Based purely on CV it doesn’t strike me as ‘wow, that’s the next Manchester United manager’,” Owen said of ten Hag. “You look at his wins, but it is in the Dutch league and it is being the manager of Ajax.

“I think if you swapped Jurgen Klopp and the Manchester United manager, I think give it two or three years and you’d be seeing similar performances from the Manchester United players that you see from Liverpool players.

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“Bear in mind the thoughts we all had about Liverpool when Klopp took over and some of the players. They have all reached a different level and nobody will convince me a lot of these United players aren’t very good players.”

In fairness, it took Klopp a similar amount of time to get Liverpool challenging from a much lower starting point. Given the quality that United currently have, the German could surely get a tune out of them in next to no time.

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Jurgen the security blanket

Over the last six-and-a-half years, Liverpool fans have been completely free from the drama of the hiring and firing of manager’s throughout the football world.

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As big clubs have lurched from coach to coach, The Reds have been safe in the knowledge that ours is the best around and he isn’t going anywhere.

There is still hope that that feeling of security can continue beyond Klopp’s current deal expiring in 2024. If Jurgen does leave though, Liverpool will be thrust back into the dangerous game of trying to make the right decision when hiring a coach.

Right now, we are reaping the benefits of having a world-class, long-term coach who is completely at one with the club. That is such a rare thing in football.

An impossible job

For all the succession planning in the world, it will be a virtually impossible job to continue the culture Klopp has built at Liverpool under a different manager.

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Whether it’s someone who knows the club like Steven Gerrard, or knows Klopp’s methods inside out like Pep Lijnders, things will be different. Liverpool need to make sure they learn from mistakes that other clubs have made and stay calm if success doesn’t carry on immediately.

These kind of decisions are still a way off for Liverpool. But if Klopp chooses not to renew, next season will be his penultimate one at the club.

There’s more chance of me taking over as manager at United than Klopp. If he did somehow end up at Old Trafford with all their riches though, there’d be no hope for anyone else.

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