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Jurgen Klopp – The misfit manager with a heart of gold

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It’s time we looked a bit deeper into why Jurgen Klopp is such a lovable character. A misfit manager with a heart of gold. 

Jurgen Klopp fits perfectly into that famous speech that Steve Jobs gave about misfits, the German manager has a heart of gold. This is a coach that has reached a level of knowledge in his field that very few people experience during their lifetime.

In that same vein that probably describes a number of other personalities, Jurgen Klopp becomes a role model for the disenfranchised. The Liverpool fan base was suffering a two-decade-long punishment by not being able to win the Premier League since its inception.

Only a man who thinks outside the box like Jurgen Klopp would be able to change that. Perhaps the first sign of him as the ideal candidate to take this job was his first experience as a manager. When he coached Mainz, Klopp was never in it for the money.

All he wanted was to be part of a football club that had tradition and extremely passionate fans. Borussia Dortmund was that institution. He always knew he made the right decision.

What drove him to gravitate around this club is the most exciting part of his personality. He spoke to Sky Sports about the early days of his managerial career in a revealing interview. 

What drives Jurgen Klopp? 

“There was surprisingly a lot of teams that wanted to sign me at that time. But I didn’t speak to anybody because the decision made was that I stay at Mainz if we get promoted,” said Klopp when talking about his days in Germany.

“We didn’t get promoted at the last matchday so I didn’t speak to anybody until then. So Sunday night, there was a big party in Mainz, goodbye and stuff like this. So we were all pretty… we were in a good mood. So I woke up the next morning and I looked at my phone and it was like 15, 20 different clubs calling. I was not really clear at that moment to think about it.

“My favorite club was always Borussia Dortmund to be honest because of the stadium, because of the tradition, because of the size of the club… but I didn’t even know if they were interested. I saw them then on the list and they made an offer and we spoke.

“The offer was funny because it was less than what I earned at Mainz in the second division. Mainz was really generous because we had a good time and stuff like this but Borussia Dortmund obviously thought if we get a manager from the second division and make a smaller offer. So we said we really want to come it’s not about the money but … ‘are you serious?’

“I said I earn more in Mainz and they said ‘I don’t believe that’ and my agent said look that’s the contract for Mainz and they said ‘what?!’, so we signed with a slightly improved offer, as we said it wasn’t about the money we just wanted to go to Dortmund and it was the perfect decision.”

Klopp and Liverpool are a perfect match. 

Just by looking at the way he expresses himself about Borussia Dortmund, we can easily understand why he chose Liverpool. Both clubs are strikingly similar and they fit with his heartwarming personality. We would even think that Jurgen might not be suited to coach other types of clubs that are much bigger in scope.

It’s hard to imagine Klopp coaching Real Madrid or FC Barcelona, two clubs that have too much drama around them. For Jurgen, a simpler structure is much more enjoyable and fits better with his personality. Maybe Liverpool could be the last club he coaches in his career, this is also a major possibility.

There is no reason for him to seek fortune somewhere else, he has everything with the Reds. But perhaps the most important aspect of this manager who has taken over the world is his ability to connect. There isn’t another manager as likable as Jurgen Klopp, perhaps in football history.

Even rival supporters agree that he is hard to dislike. Maybe it’s his heart of gold or his child-like behavior at times. All we know is that Klopp deserves Liverpool, and the Reds deserve Jurgen Klopp. 

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