Jurgen Klopp has already delivered his verdict on Thomas Tuchel as he closes in on Chelsea job

Former Borussia Dortmund and Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has previously been described as a “fantastic manager” by Liverpool chief Jurgen Klopp as he prepares to succeed Frank Lampard at Chelsea.

After a run of five Premier League defeats in their last eight matches, Roman Abramovich – the Chelsea owner – decided to bring an end to Lampard’s tenure on Monday morning, despite him overseeing a 3-1 victory over Luton Town in the FA Cup on Sunday.

Despite having more than £220million spent on his squad last summer, Lampard was unable to get the very best out of his players, certainly in recent weeks.

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Although the dust has barely settled on the former England midfielder’s departure, he is poised to be replaced at Stamford Bridge by Tuchel, who has been out-of-work for a month since being sacked by French giants PSG.

It is understood that Chelsea hope to have Tuchel in place in time for Wednesday evening’s Premier League clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Wednesday evening, but that depends on quarantine rules in line with coronavirus guidelines.

Tuchel’s arrival at Chelsea is an appointment that is bound to be approved by Liverpool boss Klopp, who watched his side crash out of the FA Cup on Sunday afternoon, losing 3-2 to Manchester United at Old Trafford.

Speaking two years ago, Klopp, who was succeeded by Tuchel at Dortmund, heaped praise on his fellow countryman’s shoulders.

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“A fantastic, fantastic manager. You can see really his influence, it has changed a lot their style of play, how they play, different formations and stuff like that,” Klopp said back in 2019, as quoted by Get French Football News.

“I know a lot of people who have worked with him, they all are full of respect for him. You cannot be in the Champions League only because of spending…


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