Happy birthday Jurgen Klopp.
The Liverpool manager turned 49 today and will be hoping Germany can give him the perfect present by beating Poland at Euro 2016.
But what do Premier League clubs give their manager for their birthday?
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An extra £10 million to spend in the coming transfer window?
A little bonus in their contract?
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Well, neither actually.
In Liverpool’s case, they gave Klopp a huge cake of his own face.
Although Klopp would have no doubt appreciated the effort, it’s probably a little scary to see an edible version of your own face.
Check out the brilliant images and a time-lapse video of the cake being made:
The cake artist
The masterpiece was made by Ben Cullen who slaved for four days to complete the incredible cake. And whilst it doesn’t look too appetising, every part of it is actually edible.
It’s made up of melted marshmallows, Rice Krispies, chocolate sponge and chocolate flavoured buttercream. Mmmm sounds quite nice, actually.
Cullen explained why he decided to make a cake for Mr. Klopp.
“I made the cake because I am surrounded by Liverpool fans within my circle of friends and my family, and I like what I have seen of Jürgen," he told the club's official website.
“He is a great character and has quickly become an iconic and recognisable figure within the sporting world.”
But what next for Cullen after this incredible creation?
“I am just in the process of opening my own shop based just outside of Chester where I will make cake art sculptures and look to push the artistic boundaries within cake-making.”
Whether or not Klopp will attempt to eat this cake is a different question entirely. It looks like it would take weeks to devour.
Something that Klopp definitely won’t be doing is giving it to his Liverpool players. The former Borussia Dortmund manager has an important season ahead of him at Anfield and will be putting his stars through their paces when pre-season begins.
The German has already hinted how tough he will make pre-season for his players but suggesting that he will introduce triple training sessions.
“It’s triple training sessions, of course,” he said.
“I’m really looking forward to pre-season. The problem with pre-season is that for the first three weeks we have 15 players who will have been away at the European Championship and we also have to see how the squad is changing.”
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