Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has called for patience amid the wave of hysteria sweeping through Anfield, insisting he cannot work miracles.
Klopp ended his four-month sabbatical to replace Brendan Rodgers as Reds boss on Thursday and the charismatic German has already been billed as the man capable of finally bringing the glory days back to Liverpool.
The ex-Borussia Dortmund coach is aware of the hype surrounding him as well as Liverpool’s 25-year wait for a league title, and while he believes he can improve the team, he has called for fans and media to have realistic expectations.
“If you want to see Liverpool be more successful than in the last 25 years, you can do your small part, of course,” said Klopp.
“If you want to portray me like Jesus, but then the next day say, ‘no, he can’t walk on water’, then we have a problem.
“I can’t walk on water. I dive into it.
“Expectations are important in life. After all this hype, we can cool down and talk about football. But expectations are one of the most important things we have to talk about.
“Liverpool fans have been waiting for so many years that I can understand they are losing patience, but it doesn’t work like that. Some things will change, because I am different to other managers, but we cannot change the whole world in one day.
“I don’t want to use my three-year contract as an excuse and after that three years say, ‘Well, now we can rise up’. No, I want to change as many things as soon as possible, but it is really important that we are patient enough to be successful.”