Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has expressed his desire for David Moyes to remain as West Ham’s manager, fearing he would become the oldest permanent manager in the Premier League.
Klopp’s Reds are set to face West Ham on Wednesday night at the London Stadium as their late push for a European spot continues. The Hammers, meanwhile, have found some form again amid their fight against relegation.
Ahead of the match, Klopp praised Moyes for doing an incredible job and being a top colleague, joking that he would have been horrified if Moyes had left the club earlier this season and made him the oldest manager in the league.
“If West Ham would’ve sacked David Moyes, I would’ve been the oldest manager in the Premier League,” he said.
“I want to avoid that. Somebody told me before the season I was the second oldest and since then I have fingers crossed for West Ham. David has to stay!”
Klopp added: “I have known [Moyes] for seven years, he is a top colleague and doing an incredible job.
“If they can go through the season without big injuries then they can play some super stuff like they did last season. We have to uncomfortable to play against. It’s an away game and thank God we won one of those recently [at Leeds].
“They have a good team and have shown quality again. [This will be a] difficult game for us.”
Klopp, who is 55-years-old, had been the second-oldest manager in the league before Julen Lopetgui, 56, joined Wolverhampton Wanderers back in November.
But now Roy Hodgson, who recently re-took charge as interim manager at Crystal Palace, is the oldest at 75, with Moyes, 60, being the second-oldest.
The three oldest Premier League managers during the time of their reign are Hodgson in his current role, Hodgson when he took charge of Watford last season, and Hodgson at the back-end of his previous spell at Palace in 2021.