Liverpool legend Ian Rush has showered praise on Jurgen Klopp for bringing the belief that the club can win the Premier League.
Klopp joined Liverpool in October 2015 following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. In his very first season, the German guided Liverpool to two finals- the Europa League and the League Cup.
Last season, Klopp led Liverpool to the Champions League final where they lost 3-1 to Madrid at Kiev.
This season, Liverpool are in a position to win their first Premier League in nearly three decades this season and Rush feels that Klopp has instilled belief in Liverpool that they can lift the league.
Liverpool’s all-time top scorer said, “The title race will go down to the wire, there is no doubt about that. There are just a few games to go and as long as they keep winning they are one step closer, but I think they are starting to believe now that it can be done. People are saying all the fans are getting excited, but why not? Why shouldn’t they be excited? If they don’t get excited now, they’ll never get excited!
The most important thing is that the players – with the help of the coaching staff and the manager – keep their feet on the ground. I think the team is a bit more resistant now and you can see that in the way they’ve come back from a goal down to win a game quite a few times this season.
They’ve got a winning formula and there is no need to change anything.”
The Welshman added, “When I played, I would 100 per cent say the main reason we were so successful was because of our team spirit. In the dressing room, we had the banter and the laughing and the joking, but when we went onto the pitch we were serious, and the success we had was down to team spirit. Individuals can win you a game but only a team can win the league and I can see a bit of that in Jurgen Klopp and his team now. I’ve been to training sessions and I’ve seen Liverpool players laughing and joking between things but when they’re working, they work.
And when they have a break, they are talking to each other, they are enjoying being with each other, they put their arms around each other and that comes from the manager. Every time Klopp sees you he gives you a big hug and the first thing you do is you want to give someone else a hug after.
It’s that positive energy that he is putting through and that’s probably the difference with Liverpool now.”
After beating Cardiff City, Liverpool next play Huddersfield Town on Friday.