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Jurgen Klopp – The rock star of football

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Let’s talk about the man who guided Liverpool to their sixth European crown – Jurgen Klopp, the rock star of football.

Jurgen Klopp is a German manager who is known for his ‘heavy metal’ style of football. He is a notable proponent of the Gegenpressing tactics, a way of playing which sees his team immediately attempting to win back the ball, right after losing possession.

He believes that a well-executed counter-pressing system can be more effective than any playmaker when it comes to creating chances. It allows his team to surprise their opponents and easily create dangerous counter-attacks, which usually finish with the ball in the back of the net.

Klopp’s style of play is an energetic one, which requires speed, accuracy, organization and high levels of discipline. He plays fast and attacking football, with quick movements of the ball, using his technically talented full-backs almost as wingers.

The German is also regarded as one of the biggest motivators, always getting the best out of his players. He is probably the most charismatic manager in football at the moment, known for his enthusiastic touchline celebrations and his excellent sense of humor.

As a football player, Jurgen Klopp spent the vast majority of his career at Mainz, with his attitude and commitment making him a fan-favorite. He retired from the professional game in 2001 and was appointed as the manager of Mainz, spending seven and a half years in charge of the club.

He made a name for himself in the managerial world during his spell at Borussia Dortmund between 2008 and 2015. Klopp’s Dortmund won the Bundesliga in 2010-11, surprising favorites Bayern Munich in the title race. They didn’t only retain their league crown in the next season, but also secured a domestic double, trashing Bayern 5-2 in the DFB-Pokal final.

In 2012-13 Klopp noted his first appearance in a European final, guiding Dortmund to the Champions League decider against their German rivals, Bayern Munich. Both clubs put up a good show at Wembley in one of the most attractive Champions League finals in history. The Bavarians went home with the trophy though, thanks to Arjen Robben’s 89th-minute winner.

He left the Black and Yellows at the end of the 2014-15 and was appointed as new boss at Liverpool on 8 October 2015, following the sacking of Brendan Rodgers. In his first season at Anfield, Klopp finished eight in the league, but guided the Reds to the League Cup and the Europa League finals.

They lost both of them, to Manchester City and Sevilla respectively making it five final defeats in a row for the German manager. He reached another final in the 2017-18 Champions League campaign and suffered another defeat, 3-1 to Zinedine Zidane’s Real Madrid.

Jurgen Klopp finally did it this season, winning the sixth European Cup in Liverpool’s history. The third time was a charm for the charismatic German, as he finally managed to conquer Europe.

The job Jurgen Klopp has done at Liverpool is outstanding. He took over an average football club and turned it into a European giant. His job at Anfield is not finished though, as the Merseyside Reds are still missing the Premier League in their glorious trophy cabinet.