Mats Hummels backs Jurgen Klopp to win titles at Liverpool

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Mats Hummels has given Liverpool fans something to get excited about after claiming he is "convinced" Jurgen Klopp can deliver the club's first Premier League title.

The Borussia Dortmund captain has experienced two Bundesliga successes in his career so far and both were inspired by the new Reds manager.

Because of his success in Germany, Klopp has arrived on Merseyside with huge pressure on top of his shoulders. Indeed, a number of pundits expect Klopp to guide Liverpool to at least a top four finish despite a less-than-impressive start to the campaign.


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But Hummels has backed his former boss to meet that expectation and deliver what his predecessor, Brendan Rodgers, ultimately failed to.

"I am convinced Klopp can win the league at Liverpool," Hummels said, according to ESPN. "He has shown he doesn't need the biggest transfer budget or the biggest names to win the biggest trophies.

"He is a winner, I know him. His long term goal won't just be to qualify for the Champions League, and settle for that. It will be to challenge Manchester United, Manchester City, Chelsea, and Arsenal for the title, and he is absolutely capable of doing that."

Close call

Under the stewardship of Rodgers, Liverpool came very close to winning the title in the 2013/14, but that team was largely inspired by the now-departed Luis Suarez.

Having sold the Uruguayan to Barcelona the following summer for £75million, Rodgers attempted to reinvest, but failed to rebalance his squad and subsequently dropped out of the top four in 2014/15.

The side Klopp inherits remains largely unchanged from the team that finished second behind Manchester City in that fateful campaign and certainly has the potential to challenge once more. However, Klopp will first have to find an adequate heir to Suarez's throne.

Having won two Bundesliga titles on a shoestring budget at the Westfalenstadion, the 48-year-old will certainly fancy his chances of turning his new team's fortunes around.

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