Jurgen Klopp Poised for Ryder Cup Role

The charismatic German could be in line to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has revealed that he wants Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp to help his side retain the Ryder Cup

Jurgen Klopp Poised for Ryder Cup Role

European Ryder Cup captain Darren Clarke has said that he wants Jurgen Klopp to help Europe retain the Ryder Cup, and it's not just because he's a Liverpool fan.

Klopp has got Liverpool into the Europa League final and had huge success at Borussia Dortmund in Germany where they managed to win the Bundesliga two years in a row against a much stronger financial power in Bayern Munich.

He's one of the best managers in world football and is renowned for his passion.

Darren Clarke: European Ryder Cup Captain

At the 2012 Ryder Cup at Gleneagles, Britain's most successful football manager Sir Alex Ferguson gave an all-important motivational speech to team Europe after Paul McGinley got him on board.

Klopp poised for Ryder Cup role

"Jurgen Klopp is definitely one of the guys I want to speak to, especially as a Liverpool fan myself," Clarke revealed according to the BBC.

"He's an absolute livewire isn't he? He's a bundle of energy, and that sort of thing can be infectious. He's obviously very passionate and a terrific motivator so I want to pick his brains a bit."

Clarke also made it clear that Klopp is not the only football manager he wants to help motivate his European Ryder Cup team.

"Kenny Dalglish is someone else I'll seek out, and Sir Alex Ferguson was such an inspirational figure at Gleneagles that I'd love to have him on board again," Clarke added.

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"I'll look into whether he's free that week, and check out the possibility of flying him over with us."

Europe travel to Halzeltine in Minnesota for the 41st Ryder Cup which begins on September 27th.

Two years ago at Gleneagles, Paul McGinley's team Europe beat Tom Watson's team USA 16 1/2 - 11 1/2 to win the Ryder Cup for the third time in a row.

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