Jurgen Klopp oozes confidence in Liverpool press conference

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It's safe to say that fans could not be more pleased with Jurgen Klopp's first press conference as Liverpool manager.

The German was completely himself; his usual enthusiasm oozed through from the first to the final word he spoke.

He first apologised for his English in advance - something of course he had no need to do, given that he has only been living in the country for less than one day.


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Throughout the conference, Klopp was humble yet confident that he has the ability to salvage Liverpool's disappointing start to the season.

His attitude was quite the opposite of Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked following Liverpool's 1-1 draw with city rivals Everton last Sunday. Rodgers spoke more like an intellect at times than a football manager, fooling many that he would provide results on the field that did not come.

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After a short sabbatical from football after leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of last season, Klopp will be itching to get back in to the full swing of things and take charge of his first training session at Melwood following the international break.

The 48-year-old was humorous as ever throughout the press conference and chuckled to a vary of comments self-made and by others.

Statement Of Intent

However, he too delivered a serious statement of intent that would have filled Kopites with a significant amount of encouragement.

“I don't say we have to wait 20 years, if we're sat here in four years then I hope to have won one title," was the strongest statement Klopp said.

The former FC Mainz manager is inheriting a strong squad worth millions upon millions of pounds, with much more depth and class than when he took charge of Dortmund in 2008.

Klopp's mission is now to insert a new lease of life into them following the disappointing reign of Rodgers.

There's plenty of class in the Reds' squad and, with the right coaching methods, could well be crowned Premier League champions in the time-scale Klopp has said.

Klopp will be familiar with some of the players at Liverpool already. He flirted with the idea of signing Christian Benteke to replace Robert Lewandowski in 2014 at Dortmund and also reportedly tracked Divock Origi and Roberto Firmino.

Kopites have been starved of a domestic title for a quarter of a century. It is the number one trophy they want to see added to the Anfield trophy cabinet that has begun to look bare in recent years.

Shift In Policy

One other topic that had the serious note is that it seems that the transfer committee, which had serious hindrances on Rodgers,  is now dead in the water.

"It was not a problem for ten seconds; I have the first and final word on transfers."

It seems that Liverpool owners have pledged full faith in Klopp, abandoning their renowned transfer policy that caused so much incoherence.

Given what Klopp achieved at Dortmund - two back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012, as well as reaching the Champions League final one year later - he's renowned as one of the best coaches in Europe.

He transformed Dortmund from an under-achieving mid-table team to become a European powerhouse in just four years, and would have had much more success if Bayern Munich did not poach the likes of Mario Gotze and Lewandowski with lucrative contracts. 

It's a contrasting image to when Rodgers took the hot-seat at Anfield in 2012. His greatest success was guiding Swansea City to the Premier League and needed the help of the play-off's to do so. 

FSG were sceptical about Rodgers' abilities as a manager. Klopp has been there, done that and they have handed him a significant amount of faith.


Whereas Rodgers was far from humble during his time as manager, and often had a tendency to blow his own trumpet, Klopp is the opposite.

"The Normal One," he described himself as when asked how he would compare himself to Jose Mourinho who dubbed himself 'The Special One' when taking charge of Chelsea in 2004.

Klopp is an ordinary man, unpretentious and is focused on bringing success to Anfield.

He was often sited walking home after Dortmund games, allowing himself time to reflect on the match and other aspects of life.

There's no doubt he popped into a beer hall or two whilst on his stroll and, given the impression he made after his first press conference, he wouldn't be short of people asking him if he would like a beer after a Liverpool match.

There won't be a Kopite in the world who cannot wait for Klopp's first game in charge against Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane on October 17.

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