Exclusive – Roy Hodgson on Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool appointment: ‘It won’t be an easy job!’

first_imgEngland manager Roy Hodgson has told talkSPORT he is excited to see how newly appointed manager Jurgen Klopp can transform his new Liverpool team, but has warned the German it won’t be a straightforward job.The Reds have moved quickly to land former Borussia Dortmund chief Klopp, who was announced as the new Anfield chief on Thursday following Brendan Rodgers’ departure last week.Klopp has already spoken of his plans to introduce a ‘full throttle, emotional, fast and strong’ style of play at Liverpool, who currently sit in tenth place having claimed just three wins from their opening eight games of the season.And Hodgson has said he will keep a watchful eye over Klopp’s progress with a group of players who will play a ‘major part’ in the future of the England side.“It’ll be interesting to see what Jurgen Klopp can do there,” he told the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast. “He’s a charismatic manager and has a lot of energy.“I wish him well in what is going to be an exciting job, though it won’t be an easy one, because they haven’t really achieved what the Liverpool fans want to achieve for a number of years now.“I had a good relationship with Brendan Rodgers, he was always very helpful to me when it came to the England team and the release of his players, and I’m looking forward to that same relationship with the new man.“There are a lot of Liverpool players at the moment who play a major part in our thoughts going forward in regard to the England team. So the relationship with Jurgen, the work he does with the players and how the payers develop during their time with him, will be very important to me.”Hodgson is, of course, a former Liverpool manager himself, having taken charge of the side following the departure of Rafa Benitez in 2010.He lasted just seven months, however, before being replaced by club legend Kenny Dalglish in January 2011, and the England boss sympathises with Brendan Rodgers following his own departure from the hotseat.He added: “I do feel sorry for Brendan, I feel sorry for all managers who lose their jobs and it was obviously a surprise for him when it came about.“Unfortunately that’s a part of our lives as managers and we have to get on with the fact that even if someone is doing a good job, they are always in danger of losing it and then the new man will always arrive with pomp and ceremony.”last_img read more