Liverpool Manager Jurgen Klopp Hails “True Legend” Gerard Houllier


ISLAMABAD, December 15 (online): Current Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp paid tribute to former Reds boss Gerard Houllier, who died aged 73 on Monday, calling the Frenchman a “true coaching legend”. Houllier won four major trophies, including an unprecedented treble in 2001, during a six-year spell as manager of the Premier League giants. “He is a true Liverpool legend and he is a true coaching legend,” Klopp, who has won the Champions League and Premier League titles with Liverpool, told the club’s website. “He was really influential in the game. A great coach, but a human being who gave you a really warm feeling when you were around him. For all of us it is a big loss and a really sad day.”
Houllier helped Liverpool become a consistent force in English football again after a barren spell in the late 1990s.
Last season’s Premier League triumph under Klopp ended a 30-year wait for a top-flight league title, while Liverpool’s only other major honours in the 90s were the 1992 FA Cup and 1995 League Cup.
Houllier lifted both those trophies, as well as the UEFA Cup, during his third season in charge, before his side also beat Manchester United to win the 2003 League Cup.
“I met him before I came to Liverpool and I knew him a little bit then,” said Klopp, who took over at Anfield in 2015.
“When I arrived here, one of the first messages I received – and I didn’t even know he had my number – was from Gerard Houllier…