Jurgen Klopp namechecked an “unbelievable” former Liverpool striker repeatedly berated for his depressing Anfield spell as somebody he’d love to teach in 2021.
Since taking cost at Anfield, Klopp has not often had a call to make with reference to his centre-forward. Daniel Sturridge was usually on the remedy desk, leaving Roberto Firmino because the primary candidate till Diogo Jota’s arrival.
The unlikely determine of Andriy Voronin was cited, with the Ukrainian having fun with higher occasions below Klopp’s stewardship at Mainz within the early 2000s.
Voronin later spent three years on Liverpool’s books between 2007-10. He bagged simply six targets in 40 outings in a spell characterised by poor ending and all-round underachievement.
When requested which ex-Mainz participant he’d signal if beginning out their profession in the present day, Klopp stated: “Andriy Voronin.
“If Andriy had identified simply in the future in his life how good he may have been, it could have been completely superb. Andriy was an unbelievable participant, an unbelievable expertise.
“Really, I used to be just a little unfair. In my first yr as coach, I feel my first full season as coach particularly, I might at all times solely sub him on. After which Andriy got here to my room through the coaching camp and requested, ‘Kloppo, why do I by no means begin?’
“I stated, ‘Would you like the trustworthy reply?’ He stated, ‘Sure.’ So I stated, ‘Since you don’t complain once you don’t begin!’
“He replied, ‘Truthful sufficient!’ And he carried on not beginning.”
An absence of selfishness could have hampered his early days at Mainz, however Voronin outlined extra urgent points that scuppered his profession at Liverpool.
Voronin couldn’t perceive scouse accent
Chatting with online outlet Goal in the summertime, Voronin outlined a number of explanation why his Liverpool spell didn’t work.
The most important situation, per the present Dynamo Moscow assistant coach, was the Liverpool accent.
“Scouse. I understood virtually nothing,” stated Voronin. “My English wasn’t good anyway. When Carragher and Gerrard talked, I requested them to repeat it in English.
“Liverpool didn’t swimsuit me as a metropolis total, regardless that it has a variety of historical past to supply, such because the Beatles. My father is an enormous fan of the band.
“After I informed him I had signed with Liverpool, he began crying. I additionally couldn’t address the climate and the rhythm of the video games with out a winter break. I used to be simply touring and enjoying, which was very exhausting.”