Gundogan backs Klopp for Liverpool job

The midfielder - who played under the coach at Borussia Dortmund - says his former boss has all the attributes required to succeed at Anfield

Ilkay Gundogan has backed former Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp to be a success at Liverpool if he lands the job.

Brendan Rodgers was dismissed following the Reds' 1-1 draw with Everton in the Premier League on Sunday, with the German emerging as the favourite for the vacant position.

Klopp signed Gundogan from Nurnberg in 2011 and the 24-year-old is sure that he would make a positive impact at Anfield should he be given the chance.

"I've not had that much contact with him recently and I've not followed much of what has been said, but I think Klopp would be a great fit at many clubs and I believe also at Liverpool," he said.

"Of course it's something I can see happening. I think Klopp is capable of helping many top clubs in the world."

Former Dortmund and Liverpool striker Karl-Heinz Riedle also offered the two-time Bundesliga-winning coach a glowing endorsement.

"I would be very glad if he got the job at Liverpool because I think he is a very good coach. He is 100 per cent right for Liverpool," Riedle told Sky Sports.

"He brings a lot of enthusiasm to the team, he is very good at motivating the team and I think the two clubs are both quite similar in terms of the fans and the structures.

"So he knows the atmosphere and he knows to get the fans behind the team.

"When he took over at Dortmund seven years ago it was not the aim to win the champions in one or two years but then he achieved that.

"The pressure will be a little bit higher at the beginning compared to Dortmund but he has learned so much that he can handle it easily."