At 50, Jurgen Klopp is still relatively young in managerial terms.
However, the charismatic German coach has already been coaching for 16 years now, after beginning his managerial career by taking the Mainz 05 job back in 2001.
Klopp spent seven years with Mainz before landing the Borussia Dortmund job - and it was at Signal Iduna Park where he cemented his reputation as one of European football’s best young coaches.
Under Klopp’s management, Dortmund won back-to-back Bundesliga titles in 2011 and 2012.
They also reached the Champions League final for only the second time in their history and were unfortunate to lose out to their domestic rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley.
After realising he could no longer give BVB what they required in the summer of 2015, Klopp left and then took the Liverpool job several months later after the Reds sacked Brendan Rodgers.
International break has come at a bad time for Liverpool
There have been plenty of highs and lows at Anfield over the past two years for Klopp, who is still in the process of getting his team in a position to seriously challenge for major honours.
He will probably feel that the current international break has come a bad time given the fact his side are on a three-match winning streak in all competitions.
But it offers those squad members not on international duty - and himself - the opportunity to recharge their batteries.
Klopp has conducted an interview with Soccer Laduma
Klopp is currently in South Africa and agreed to conduct a wide-ranging interview with Soccer Laduma, the ‘biggest soccer publication in Africa,’ according to their bio on Twitter.
Anyway, during that interview, Klopp revealed many interesting things - including who he considers to be the best footballer he’s coached during his career so far.
Who do you reckon he went for? Sadio Mane, perhaps? Roberto Firmino? Philippe Coutinho? Mohamed Salah?
Nope. None of the above.
Instead, Klopp named one of his former Dortmund players, the German playmaker Mario Gotze.
During the same answer, he also revealed that Robert Lewandowski is the player who improved most under his management.
“Best player I’ve ever coached? Mario Goetze. He was unbelievable,” Klopp said. “The biggest improvement, though, was Lewandowski.”
Fair play to Klopp.
Gotze walked out on his Dortmund side for Bayern after the 2013 Champions League final, but Klopp holds no grudges against the World Cup winner, who returned to BVB last summer.
Other interesting quotes from the interview
Here are some of the other interesting things Klopp revealed during the interview…
Klopp on his managerial style
Klopp on his values
Klopp on Dortmund
Klopp on Liverpool
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