Liverpool’s last trophy was the league cup in 2012, while their wait for a championship title stretches back 28 years, but Klopp has a history of succeeding against more powerful, wealthy opponents having won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
The first opportunity will come in the forthcoming Champions League quarter-final against City, who have already won the League Cup and are Premier League champions in waiting, but the task will be even greater next season.
Not only will Klopp’s target be to catch and surpass Pep Guardiola’s side but also stave off competition from the likes of Manchester United and Chelsea – both of whom traditionally have bigger transfer spends – and Tottenham.
However, Matthaus believes Klopp proved his methods have worked before and can do so again.
“Maybe City has more money but I know the mentality of Klopp, I know the mentality of his team. They work very hard,” said the former Bayern midfielder after the 5-5 draw in the Legends match at Anfield which is set to raise more than £1million for the LFC Foundation, Liverpool’s official charity.
“Liverpool has the mentality and an atmosphere in the ground that is similar to Dortmund. He is a powerful coach. He can get people to take to him –…