Jurgen Klopp scored a wonder goal in his playing days for Mainz in 1997

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Some of the best football managers in the world didn’t have much of a playing career.

Arsene Wenger, Jose Mourinho and Sir Alex Ferguson all had very modest playing careers and followed that up with incredibly successful managerial stints.

Another manager that claims he wasn’t very good at football is Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp.


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But, we think he might be lying.

That’s because footage has emerged of him scoring a wonder goal for Mainz back in 1997.

The German controlled a long cross before unleashing a stunning half-volley from the corner of the penalty area into the far top corner.

If you don’t believe us, watch the goal below:

"I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division,” Klopp once said, per Liverpool's official website.

Well, during that expert piece of skill, his brain obviously managed to tell his feet exactly what to do.

One-club player

Klopp played his entire senior career for Mainz from 1990 to 2001 making 337 league appearances and scoring 52 goals.

As you can see from his brilliant goal, Klopp used to be a striker but by 1995 started playing as a defender.

Klopp was such a great servant for the German club that he was appointed manager when he hung up his boots.

Player to manager

He remained as boss of the club for seven years making his Mainz's longest serving manager and leading them to their first-ever appearance in the Bundesliga. He then qualified for the UEFA Cup in 2005/06.

Following his resignation after the 2007/08 campaign, he was appointed as manager of Borussia Dortmund where he spent another seven seasons, winning the league twice and leading them to a Champions League final.

Klopp was appointed as Liverpool manager in October and has suffered an inconsistent six months at Anfield.

He will clash against his former club - Dortmund - in the Europa League quarter-final and he still has an outside chance of achieving a top-four finish for the Reds this season.

Kopites will be hoping that Klopp remains on Merseyside for seven years like he has done in his previous two jobs.

He is already loved by the Anfield faithful for his passion and has achieved some brilliant results for the club already.

A 3-1 win away to Chelsea, a 4-1 triumph against Manchester City at the Etihad, a 3-0 victory over the same opponents at Anfield and knocking arch-rivals Manchester United out in the Europa League over two legs.

It’s no wonder you see Klopp getting so irate on the touchline with his players when he’s capable of producing moments of magic like the one above.

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