Brendan Rodgers' flaws are Jurgen Klopp's unique selling points

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Jurgen Klopp looks set to be announced as the new Liverpool boss within the next 24 hours after it was confirmed that the German had agreed to take the reigns on Merseyside.

The flamboyant manager brings with him considerable success and experience given his time at Borussia Dortmund, with Reds fans unsurprisingly buoyed by the prospect of having Klopp take charge of their beloved club.

However, a sticking question remains: What exactly does he offer that excites fans so much? And why wasn't Brendan Rodgers capable of it?


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First off, there are undoubtedly huge similarities between the two men - both value footballing culture and philosophy more than most managers and both like to play passing, intricate football.

What is clear to see, though, is how the pair's personalities and man management skills differ. Rodgers fell out with some top Liverpool players publicly, most prominently fan favourites Pepe Reina and Daniel Agger, who were dispatched from the club under baffling circumstances.

The two stalwart figures of Rafael Benitez's successful Liverpool side were replaced by Simon Mignolet and Dejan Lovren. Need much more be said? More importantly, two charismatic dressing room leaders were lost, leaving the spine of the team significantly weakened.

Klopp, on the other hand, is renowned for the meaningful relationships he has with his players; a bond which inspires both the team and supporters.

Klopp was said to have cried when Shinji Kagawa left for Manchester United and was unable to sleep when he lost Mario Gotze to rivals Bayern Munich. It's unlikely Rodgers shed many tears over Raheem Sterling or Luis Suarez's departure.

Then there are transfers. The two key words of most articles in the last five days are: Transfer and committee. It is a common scapegoat for the transfer failings of Rodgers and is certainly a factor to be acknowledged.

What is not being mentioned is Rodgers' failure to attract top players. This is something which cannot be changed in three seasons - it takes years and trophies to convince top players to want to play for you.

Unfortunately, even with £80 million, a top two finish and Champions League football, Rodgers was not attractive enough a proposition for the likes of Alexis Sanchez. But who can blame him?

Klopp, as mentioned, is known for his charisma - players want to play for him - let alone the fact that he is a proven winner, which is again something that Rodgers can not compete with.

And finally, there is the public persona of the two men. Watch interviews and press conferences of the two and its plain to see how much their approach differs.

Rodgers is very serious, which has, at times, come across as arrogance. Liverpool fans are well informed and intelligent, and the way Rodgers conducted himself publicly during the final months of his reign only riled them further.

Klopp is laid back, humorous and charismatic. He speaks honestly and openly and has a good relationship with journalists who enjoy his company.

To summarise, Klopp brings with him skills that are difficult to learn. They are inherent personality traits.

When the going was good, Rodgers' man management and communication skills were rarely questioned; when things turned sour, they were laid bare for all to see.

Of course, Klopp has only demonstrated such skills at one club; one league; and one culture, but if the above is anything to go by, there is little doubt that the German will be one of Liverpool's best ever signings.

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