When Gary Neville left Sky Sports' Monday Night Football to take charge of Valencia, fans wondered whether the show would ever be the same again.
But nine months after the Manchester United legend started his highly unsuccessful stint as a football manager, the show is set to reach new heights when Burnley take on Watford.
With all due respect to the two Premier League clubs, their clash at Turf Moor will not be the reason why a huge number of fans – most of them Liverpool – will be tuning into Sky Sports 1 on Monday night.
Not only is Neville back in his natural habitat as a pundit but he and his best friend Carragher – together forming some kind of sportier, uglier Ant & Dec – but they will be joined by the king of entertainment himself, Jurgen Klopp.
Carragher confirmed the news earlier on Sunday via his Twitter account and that simple message has just under 4,000 retweets and a further 9,000 favourites, providing some measure of the excitement that Liverpool fans must be feeling.
Since joining Liverpool almost 12 months ago, Klopp has probably had a number of offers to appear on football shows but may have felt his grasp on the English language was not yet good enough. He now obviously feels his language skills – and his ability to understand the Scouse and Manchester accent – is good enough to take on Carragher and Neville.
The former Mainz and Borussia Dortmund has proven adept at TV punditry in the past and was a regular analyst for German broadcaster ZDF during international breaks. He even won awards for his TV work during Germany's World Cup in 2006 and Euro 2008, which was hosted in Austria and Switzerland.
Back to its best
Neville and Carragher have been widely credited with revolutionising football punditry since retiring from their equally successful playing careers with Manchester United and Liverpool respectively. Alongside Ed Chamberlin (since moved to ITV), they have masterminded the first show to make full use of technological innovations like the Sky Pad to bring new insight to the game.
Without Neville, who is widely considered the best analyst on British television, the show reportedly lost 500,000 viewers as the likes of Thierry Henry and, erm, Scott Parker failed to fill the gap. His short time in La Liga flew by in a flash, however, and his announced his return at the beginning of the new campaign.
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