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Klopp says current Liverpool crop remind him of his title winners at Dortmund

Date Posted,December 25, 2016

Jurgen Klopp is getting that title feeling again… after admitting his Liverpool story is starting to remind him of Dortmund’s fairytale success.

The Reds boss believes the young and hungry side he is building at Anfield has the same character as the squad he took from hopeless also-rans to Bundesliga Champions.

Almost a decade ago, he inherited a team at Dortmund that had finished 13th, and was written off as too old and too poor to ever challenge for the title, but within three years he had produced a miracle to take them to the summit of German football.

Now, he reckons he can do the same at Liverpool, after witnessing the same qualities that so excited him at his previous club.

“I am not sure I should compare but it is another nice situation if you want. It is cool. It is not the same, but it is similar to what we had at Dortmund,” he explained.

Klopp sees similarities with his side to the Dortmund one which won the Bundesliga (Photo: Liverpool FC via Getty)
Liverpool are nine points behind pace-setters Chelsea with a game in hand (Photo: John Powell)

“I am still in contact with a lot of the Dortmund players and hopefully I will be contact after my time at Liverpool with these players because they are nice lads.

“That is first of all. But they are not here because they are nice lads, they are outstanding footballers I love working with them and really appreciate them.”

If Klopp had a massive job in turning Dortmund around, then it is surely even tougher at Anfield, with a team that has now endured a near 27 year wait to win the title.

Yet as he prepares for a hectic festive fixture list that will make or break Liverpool’s Premier League hopes – with the team currently second in the table behind Chelsea – Klopp senses the spirit in the camp can inspire his team to glory.

“We have an atmosphere at Melwood which is as good as it should be because of all the people working here,” he said.

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