Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp reveals his all-time favourite player

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Jurgen Klopp has earned the admiration of the whole of Anfield since his arrival on Merseyside a year ago, just like he did during his time at Borussia Dortmund.

There are a number of big managerial characters in the Premier League this season, but few, if any, bigger than the German who is a journalist and TV presenter's delight to interview.

The 49-year-old is clearly admired by his players - greeting them with open arms after a win, and an arm around the shoulder following defeat.


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But while the German fosters a close relationship with his players, there are also [ex] footballers who he has admired from afar.

In an interview with Liverpool's kit suppliers New Balance, Klopp was asked a host of questions from supporters in a Q&A, in which he revealed his all-time favourite player.

As per the Liverpool Echo, Klopp revealed that former Napoli and Argentina star Diego Maradona was the player he admires.

“My father would say Pele, but I don’t know him good enough, so I would say Diego Maradona.” said Klopp.

Klopp's South American stars

However, the German is hoping to make his own South American stars shine as brightly, as the likes of Pele and Maradona did, for Liverpool.

Both Philippe Coutinho and Roberto Firmino are thriving under Klopp's guidance and will play a big part in Liverpool's bid to return to the Champions League this season.

The Brazilian duo are both currently joint top of the Reds' scoring charts with four goals - with three coming in the Premier League and one in the League Cup, each.

But Klopp may have had a very different outlook on life, if he had not proved his managerial credentials at Mainz.

"[I would be] a doctor, because I wanted to study medicine." Klopp admitted.

"And I don't think anyone would give me money for playing football."

Pint-sized preference

Less surprisingly, though, Klopp did admit his preference for beer instead of wine. Which is no surprise considering he has openly confessed attending Oktoberfest last year - in the same month he joined the Reds.

And the German will be hoping to be acquainted with more of his favourite frothy alcoholic drinks at some point this season, in celebration of similar silverware which has evaded him at Liverpool so far.

While Klopp is keen to return the Reds to Europe's elite club competition, he is eagerly anticipating bringing some much-needed silverware to club, after reaching the League Cup and Europa League final last season.

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