Steve McClaren was sacked the last time he met Jurgen Klopp…
It is just short of five years ago when Steve McClaren last faced Jurgen Klopp, within days the one-time Wolfsburg manager was shown the door.
Jurgen Klopp went on to win the Bundesliga (twice), win the German Cup and finish runners-up in the Champions League.
Steve McClaren went on to….St James Park.
That was via sackings at Wolfsburg and Championship side Derby, as well as resignations at FC Twente and another Championship outfit, Nottingham Forest.
Jurgen Klopp has apparently taken the job after assurances that he was in complete control and will be backed by the owners to enable success to be brought to Anfield.
Steve McClaren signed on for Newcastle because he was a very very lucky man.
On Sunday the two meet once again as equals but to a backdrop of vastly different fortunes.
It couldn’t be more stark than shown by the respective most recent results: Southampton 1 Liverpool 6…Crystal Palace 5 Newcastle 1.
In the build up to Sunday, Steve McClaren says that Newcastle have recently taken three steps forward, followed by five or six back.
It makes Newcastle United sound a bit like a drunk who has lost control of his or her senses.
Steve McClaren and his players need to sober up quickly and take a giant leap forward against Liverpool, otherwise this hangover is going to feel an awful lot worse.
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