Jurgen Klopp is “the nearest thing” Liverpool have had to legendary manager Bill Shankly, according to former ‘keeper Ray Clemence.

Shankly brought Clemence to Anfield in 1967 and the pair enjoyed great success together – winning the First Division championship, FA Cup and European Cup Winners’ Cup final

During his 15-year reign on Merseyside, Shankly was unable to win the European Cup but, Klopp has the opportunity to do so in Saturday’s final against Real Madrid in Kiev.

“What I’ve seen is that Jurgen Klopp is the nearest thing, there’s no way he’s Bill Shankly, put it like that,” said Clemence, speaking at a promotion for Prostate Cancer UK’s March for Men events.

“But in terms of the relationship he’s got between himself and the players and the fans, (he did) exactly what Bill Shankly did.

“He pulled the club all together, so it was one strong unit that would do anything to help each other out to get through whatever.”

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