Liverpool news: Mark Lawrenson reveals what Jurgen Klopp does every time the Anfield legend visits training ground

15 Apr

Mark Lawrenson has revealed how much Jurgen Klopp has embraced Liverpool’s history throughout his time as manager.

Klopp has revitalised the Reds since his appointment in October 2015, guiding the Merseyside club to three finals – including last season’s Champions League final – and into contention for this year’s Premier League.

Klopp could end Liverpool’s long, tortuous wait for the league championship

There are just four matches separating Liverpool from their first league championship in 29 years, though success is out of their hands; Manchester City will retain the title as long as they win each of their remaining matches, as they are currently two points behind the Reds but have a game in hand.

Failing to win the Premier League would be heart-wrenching for Liverpool, but such an outcome should not take away from just how brilliant they have been this season.

There is a renewed sense of optimism around Anfield, and supporters believe the club have, in Klopp, a manager who truly understands what Liverpool represent – both on and off the pitch.

Most remarkably, Klopp appears to have cast the shackles of history off Liverpool which have for so long weighed ever so heavily on the club.

And he has done this by embracing Liverpool’s incredible past – a past filled with 18 league championships, five European cups and multiple other trophies.

This is according to Mark Lawrenson, the former defender who won 20 major honours during his playing days at Anfield.

Speaking to Paddy Power, Lawrenson explained what Klopp has done to ensure Liverpool’s history does not overwhelm him, while also revealing what the German always does when club legends turn up at their Melwood training ground.

Lawrenson said: “I remember, when he came to Liverpool, saying that a lot of the other teams in the league would be thinking they wished they’d got him. What you see is what you get with Jurgen.

“He gets the football club, he gets the history.

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“Quite a few of the managers in the past have tried to play the history down, as if it weighed a little too heavy on their shoulders, and didn’t like having the former players around.

“But Klopp gets it. Every time you go to the training ground, he laughs and says ‘here they are again, the winners’. He always stops for a chat, and picks your brain about the club. He’s embraced it.

“So his job has been about more than winning this title.

“Though it’d be nice for him to win it, because every time he’s asked about not winning something with Liverpool, I’m sure he’s wanted to chin whoever’s asked it.”

Lawrenson was part of Liverpool’s incredibly successful team of the 1980s

Winning the Premier League would be a real achievement for Liverpool, especially as they are going head-to-head for the title with one of world football’s all-time great teams, Manchester City.

Securing the league crown was not Liverpool’s aim before the start of the season, however, Lawrenson reveals.

He continued: “It would be fabulous to win the title, obviously, but Klopp’s remit at the start of the season, from the [owners] Fenway Sports Group, was Champions League qualification.

“They’ve got other sporting franchises, they know how it works, and they’ll know how outstanding Man City are.

“So finishing second would be tough to take, but it wouldn’t undermine Klopp at all. He’s seriously improved every player at the club, which is a feat in itself.”

Premier League 2018/19 table: How Mark Lawrenson’s predictions this season compare to actual standings

7 Jan

Last season, former Liverpool defender Mark Lawrenson famously predicted his old club would win the Premier League and go the entire campaign unbeaten.

He tipped Jurgen Klopp’s team to finish 2017/18 on 92 points, winning 27 and drawing 11.

Lawro does a yearly Premier League prediction

Unfortunately for the Match of the Day pundit, he was wrong – but talkSPORT.com have explored what his table would look like this season after 21 matches.


20th – Huddersfield

According to Lawro, the Terriers would be bottom of the pile at this stage on 10 points. They would have this record: W2 D4 L15 GD-29

Remarkably, he has been completely accurate with his prediction but they would have slightly more goals. Their record is: W2 D4 L15 GD-24

Huddersfield are bottom of the league

19th – Cardiff City

According to Lawro, the Bluebirds would be 19th on 11 points. They would have this record: W2 D5 L14 GD-27

Reality: Cardiff are currently 17th with 18 points with this record: W5 D3 L13 GD-22

18th – Brighton

Lawro’s prediction: the Seagulls would be 18th on 11 points. They would have this record: W2 D5 L14 GD-22

Reality: Brighton are currently 13th on 26 points with this record W7 D5 L8 GD-5

17th – Southampton

According to Lawro, Saints would be 17th on 17 points. They would have this record: W5 D2 L14 GD-21

Reality: Southampton are currently 18th on 16 points with this record:  W3 D7 L7 GD-17

16th – Wolves

According to Lawro, Wolves would be 16th on 21 points. They would have this record: W6 D3 L12 GD-11

Reality: Wolves are currently 9th on 29 points with this record: W8 D5 L8 GD-2

15th – West Ham

According to Lawro, the Hammers would be 15th on 21 points. They would have this record: W6 D3 L12 GD-10

Reality: West Ham are currently 10th on 28 points with this record: W8 D4 L9 GD-3

14th – Watford

According to Lawro, the Hornets would be 14th on 23 points. They would have this record: W7 D2 L12 GD-10

Reality: Watford are currently 8th on 29 points with this record: W8 D5 L8 GD-1

13th – Bournemouth

According to Lawro, the Cherries would be 13th on 23 points. They would have this record: W6 D5 L10 GD-10

Reality: Bournemouth are currently 12th on 27 points with this record: W8 D3 L10 GD-9

12th – Crystal Palace

According to Lawro, the Eagles would be 12th on 23 points. They would have this record: W5 D5 L11 GD-9

Reality: Palace are currently 14th on 22 points with this record: W6 D4 L11 GD-7

11th – Burnley

According to Lawro, the Clarets would be 11th on 24 points. They would have this record: W6 D6 L9 GD-7

Reality: Burnley are currently 16th on 18 points with this record: W5 D3 L13 GD-21

10th – Fulham

According to Lawro, the Cottagers would be 10th on 27 points. They would have this record: W8 D3 L10 GD-10

Reality: Fulham are currently 19th on 14 points with this record: W3 D5 L13 GD-28

9th – Newcastle

According to Lawro, the Magpies would be 9th on 29 points. They would have this record: W8 D5 L8 GD0

Reality: Newcastle are currently 15th on 18 points with this record: W4 D6 L11 GD-14

8th – Arsenal

According to Lawro, the Gunners would be 8th on 33 points. They would have this record: W10 D3 L8 GD9

Reality: Arsenal are currently 5th on 41 points with this record: W12 D5 L4 GD15

7th – Leicester

According to Lawro, the Foxes would be 7th on 34 points. They would have this record: W10 D4 L7 GD4

Reality: Leicester are currently 7th on 31 points with this record: W9 D4 L8 GD2

6th – Everton

According to Lawro, the Toffees would be 6th on 34 points. They would have this record: W11 D1 L9 GD6

Reality: Everton are currently 11th on 27 points with this record: W7 D6 L8 GD0

5th – Chelsea

According to Lawro,  the Blues would be 5th on 43 points. They would have this record: W13 D4 L4 GD18

Reality: Chelsea are currently 4th on 44 points with this record:  W13 D5 L3 GD22

4th – Tottenham

According to Lawro, Spurs would be 4th on 45 points. They would have this record: W13 D6 L2 GD23

Reality: Tottenham are currently 3rd on 48 points with this record: W16 D0 L5 GD25

3rd – Liverpool

According to Lawro, the Reds would be 3rd on 47 points. They would have this record: W13 D8 L0 GD27

Reality: Liverpool are currently 1st on 54 points with this record: W17 D3 L1 GD39

2nd- Manchester United

According to Lawro, the Red Devils would be 2nd on 57 points. They would have this record: W18 D3 L0 GD33

Reality: Manchester United are currently 6th on 38 points with this record: W11 D5 L5 GD11

1st – Manchester City

According to Lawro, the Cityzens would be 1st on 57 points. They would have this record: W18 D3 L0 GD46

Reality: Manchester City are currently 2nd on 50 points with this record: W16 D2 L3 GD39

Manchester City stars celebrate Sergio Aguero’s opener against Liverpool.