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Klopp “Can Give People Hope Again” Says Ex-Red

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Former Red Dietmar Hamann says Jurgen Klopp is the right man to give Liverpool fans hope again after a miserable year.

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It's been less than three full days now since Liverpool parted ways with Brendan Rodgers after his fourth season in charge started out much like the disappointing third had ended. It's been two days since it became clear there was only one first choice candidate in Jurgen Klopp. One day since his signing seemed a foregone conclusion.

With his official unveiling not expected until Friday, though, everyone now seems stuck wondering what to do with the next 48 hours. The obvious answer seems to be to find German football people—and if they have some kind of connection to Liverpool all the better—to talk about Klopp's imminent arrival on Merseyside. Step forward, Dietmar Hamann.

"He's the ideal candidate for the job," Hamann told TalkSport. "He's the one I would pick. The expectations and mood couldn't be any further down than at the moment at Anfield, so it's a great time to come. I don't think with his appointment Liverpool become title contenders overnight, but you need to have a lift from somewhere and I think he can do this.

"Liverpool is a working class club, a working class town. You need somebody that the fans can take to. It's very important at a club like Liverpool that the fans take to the manager. For a lot of them, Klopp would be first choice, and it looks like he's coming. So I think he can create that spark, that emotion, and give people hope again which I think has been lost."

Hamann spent seven seasons with the Reds as a player and, following his retirement, got into coaching with Milton Keynes and Leicester before earning a brief spell as manager of Stockport County in 2011. There have been rumours that he was sounded out by Klopp this week about a Liverpool move, and that he could even be in line for a coaching role.

Fellow former Liverpool player Robbie Fowler could also be in line for a role in Klopp's staff. The ex-Reds striker put his name forward for a coaching role over the summer only to see it go to Gary McAllistar instead, and he has again this week signalled that if a position was offered he would jump at it.