Jurgen Klopp could have only joined Liverpool, claims Christian Heidel

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Jurgen Klopp agreed to join Liverpool because of the huge emotion and history surrounding the club, according to the German's former general manager Christian Heidel.

Heidel had the pleasure of working with Klopp at Bundesliga outfit Mainz, where Klopp played his entire professional career before hanging up his boots in 2001 to immediately take charge in the dugout.

He spent seven more years before leaving to join Borussia Dortmund, where he would win two Bundesliga titles and come within touching distance of an unlikely Champions League triumph.


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Needless to say, the fanatic supporters of Mainz and Dortmund hold Klopp in high regard with the 48-year-old enjoying almost legendary status in both cities.

Klopp's arrival on Merseyside seems to have had a galvanising effect on the club's fans, and the German can expect a rapturous applause from the Kop end when he takes charge of his first home game on October 22.

Heidel, who is still the GM at Mainz, believes it is Liverpool's incredible fanbase and glorious history that attracted him to Anfield.

The only club left

"If you've worked in Mainz before, then in Dortmund, then maybe Liverpool is the only club left to coach," he told LFCTV.

"There are many, many great emotions, that's what Kloppo needs and I think that's part of the reason he chose to go there.

"Actually I'm pretty sure the people in Liverpool will love him because he's just the right type of guy for Liverpool."

Time for excitement

With the first-team looking rather disjointed following some questionable transfer business, Klopp has a big job on his hands to regenerate the kind of form that saw the Reds go within touching distance of winning the Premier League in 2013.

But Heidel is confident that Klopp's managerial prowess can deliver the thing Liverpool fans have been waiting 25-years for.

He continued: "I think everyone knows he's an exceptionally good coach. We had great success at Mainz under him, his story with Dortmund is probably known all over the world.

"That's why Liverpool can be excited about someone who will give everything to make them better as a football team."

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