As the Stuttgart-born manager arrives in Merseyside, the question on many people’s lips is what has finally drawn Jurgen Klopp away from Germany after spending his entire footballing career in his homeland?
The 48-year-old began his career at just 8-years-old when he signed for SV Glatten - one of only two teams he played for during his youth before beginning and ending his senior playing career with Mainz 05 over a 12 year span.
He went on to manage the side until 2008, before taking the helm at Borussia Dortmund, winning two Bundesliga titles, and reaching the final of the Champions League.
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Now, after 40 years of German football, he heads to the UK for his first stint in the Premier League – because “it is the most interesting job in the world”.
The Mirror reports Klopp's interview with LFC TV, where he said:
“I read in the papers it is a disaster [at Liverpool FC] but we are only six points to the top position in the table. It is interesting that nobody is satisfied or patient”.
It is clear that Klopp is bringing a completely different mentality to Liverpool than we have seen from previous managers – the glory years and success that the club saw in the late 1970s and early 80s has left a thirst for success that has gone largely unquenched for the past three decades – but Klopp has no time for fond memories.
"In this moment we are not the best team in the world, but who cares? We want to be the best team in the world in the future - I believe in the potential of the team”.
The coming months will surely be, in the German's own words, ‘interesting’, as he looks to not only tackle the everyday challenges of being a Premier League manager, but also the attitude surrounding the club, which has compelled him to take on the job.
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