Jamie Carragher believes Jürgen Klopp exit means more for four ...

14 May 2024
Liverpool FC

A week from today, Liverpool will no longer be managed by Jürgen Klopp. Or at the very least, the German will have coached his last match.

Thankfully, his last match will be at Anfield, a chance for the Liverpool faithful to express their immense gratitude — although words could never really do justice to the memories made with Klopp at the helm. The players, too, will no doubt be emotional, with most of them in one way or another saying goodbye to a fundamental figure in their careers.

Ahead of Klopp's penultimate game, a trip to Aston Villa, Jamie Carragher has name-checked four players for whom the manager's farewell should mean even more. He believes the onus falls on them to ensure Liverpool gives the boss a fitting send-off.

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"I just think it’s about Jürgen Klopp," said Carragher when asked about Liverpool's motivation for the fixture. The Reds can no longer finish anywhere other than third.

"It’s his last away game. You think for a lot of players who have been there with him since the start. I think sending Jürgen Klopp off with a few wins. Last week was a big beating Tottenham and getting that feel good factor off the back of a few poor results.

"I think some of those players, the goalkeeper (Alisson), Virgil Van Dijk, Mo Salah and Trent Alexander-Arnold, those who have been there for a long time, should be thinking of sending the man off who has done a lot for their careers. It will be a nice way to finish."

Alexander-Arnold has already admitted that he 'owes everything' to Klopp. He has never known another manager at senior level, so the anticipated arrival of Arne Slot in the summer will be a huge change.

Alisson, Van Dijk and Salah all enjoyed careers before Klopp and Liverpool, but it was at Anfield where they ascended to superstardom. Van Dijk has a runners-up place in the Ballon d'Or to his name, Alisson has been voted the best goalkeeper in Europe, and Salah is widely regarded as one of the all-time Premier League greats.

Aston Villa's motivation is more tangible. It cannot close the gap to Liverpool, but a win would confirm an impressive fourth-place finish, enough to seal a long-awaited return to the Champions League.

Liverpool.com says: The four names Carragher picked out are certainly some of the main stalwarts of the Klopp era. They should take it upon themselves to give him the send-off he deserves — perhaps with a particular onus on Salah, after his bad reaction to getting benched threatened to sour the farewell.

That being said, everyone in this Liverpool squad owes a great deal to Klopp. After all, he has helped to add at least one trophy to the collection of each and every player, having signed off this season with the Carabao Cup. And for the youngsters who have not worked with him for long, he is the one who gave them their professional breakthroughs, establishing them as part of 'Liverpool 2.0' prior to the new coach's arrival.

It's incumbent upon everyone to make sure this season ends on a high note. Whatever happens, Klopp will get the send-off he deserves from Anfield, but it would be wrong if the performance on the pitch did not match the standards he has set over the last eight-and-a-half years.

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