Liverpool chief Mike Gordon reveals how just ONE ‘extraordinary conversation’ on the phone with Jurgen Klopp convinced him he was the right man for Anfield’s top job
- Jurgen Klopp was appointed Liverpool boss based on one vital phone call
- Mike Gordon said spotting Klopp was the right man was ‘straightforward’
- His choice has been proved right with Klopp taking the Reds back to the top
The most important decision in Liverpool’s recent history came down to a single ‘extraordinary’ phone call, the man who appointed Jurgen Klopp has revealed.
Mike Gordon – the boss of Reds owners FSG – has watched the man he appointed to replace Brendan Rodgers in 2015 pilot Liverpool back to the summit of European football.
A slow start, with an eighth place finish in his first season, saw Klopp lay the groundwork for a breakout 2017-18. They finished runners up in the Premier League and Champions League, before going one better in Europe and adding the tag of world champions in 2019.
Liverpool chief Mike Gordon has revealed the vital phone call that convinced him about Klopp
The German coach has led Liverpool’s charge back to the peak of European football
After his Borussia Dortmund spell, Klopp was a widely respected coach, but few could have predicted his incredible rise. It took Gordon just one chat to see the German could lead the Anfield revolution, though.
‘Analytically, Dortmund stacked up very well relative to expected performance,’ Gordon told Sports Illustrated.
‘I called Jurgen and we had an extraordinary conversation, and it was pretty clear to me by the time I hung up that he was the right person.
Gordon (far right) was sure Klopp was the right man to take over after just two meetings
‘We arranged a meeting in New York City, had a lengthy discussion late one night and the following day, and it was very straightforward. This was the perfect choice.
‘He’s a polymathematical guy. I spent 30 years as an investor speaking to some of the best CEOs in the world, and Jurgen is right up there with them. If he wasn’t managing a football club, he could be managing a Fortune 500 company.’
Gordon, who last month was aboard a private jet which skidded off the runway at Liverpool’s John Lennon airport, is responsible for the day to day running of the club, and is currently overseeing a dominant title challenge.
Klopp’s Reds are cruising towards their first English league title in 30-years with a huge lead
The Reds are set to finally end their wait for a Premier League title, with the 30-year anniversary of their last league triumph set for May 2020.
They sit 14 points clear of Manchester City after 21 games, and their almost inevitable triumph will be the final piece in what will be remembered as one of the finest eras in the club’s history.