Jürgen Klopp would be happy to have Sven-Göran Eriksson join Liverpool so that the Swedish coach can fulfill his wish of being the team’s manager for a day, following his diagnosis with terminal cancer.
There have been requests to grant Eriksson the role of manager for a Liverpool Legends game against Ajax in March. The 75-year-old, a devoted Liverpool fan, expresses his long-standing desire to lead the team, but was never given the chance throughout his extensive career which included stints as manager for England, Lazio, and Manchester City, among others.
Klopp mentioned that he recently learned about the person’s strong affinity and support for Liverpool, which has apparently been a lifelong passion. He extended an invitation for the person to visit and even offered to let them take over his role for a day in his office. Klopp also expressed excitement about sharing the history and growth of the club with the person during their visit. He believes they will have a great time during their stay.
Klopp will not have Trent Alexander-Arnold, Andy Robertson, and Dominik Szoboszlai available for the Bournemouth match on Sunday. However, he will be happy to know that Mohamed Salah’s injury sustained with Egypt is not severe.
On Friday, it was announced that Salah sustained a hamstring injury while playing for Egypt in their match against Ghana at the Africa Cup of Nations. He will not be able to participate in his country’s next two games, but there is confidence that he will return if they advance past the round of 16. There were concerns that Salah may have to take a longer break from both club and national team duties. Klopp expressed shock at the moment of the injury and stated that they will have to wait and see the extent of the issue.
Due to injuries, the recent rise of several academy players has bolstered the team’s depth and allowed them to avoid making transfers. Klopp specifically mentioned Conor Bradley and Jarell Quansah as potential options.
Klopp stated that the team appeared prepared from the beginning of the pre-season. He acknowledged the common suggestion to purchase a right-back or centre-half to allow Trent to play in midfield, but he believes that Conor and Jarell have proven their abilities and the team did not need to make those acquisitions.
On Sunday, Klopp will face Andoni Iraola for the third time. They previously met in a 3-1 home win in the league and a 2-1 Carabao Cup victory against Bournemouth. Iraola’s team has only lost once in their last eight league games, after replacing Gary O’Neil who had failed to secure a win in their first nine fixtures. Klopp commented, “I’m certain that Bournemouth has been feeling quite happy lately and thinking, ‘Wow, it actually worked out.'” He praised their bravery and success, stating, “I have a lot of respect for that. You can clearly see the impact of a coach, and that always earns my respect.”