Marco Reus has opened up on his big respect for “animal” Jurgen Klopp, who he worked under at Borussia Dortmund for three seasons.
Klopp convinced former Dortmund trainee Reus to return to Signal Iduna Park in 2012 after three years starring for Bundesliga rivals Borussia Monchengladbach.
Under the now-Liverpool manager, Reus made 121 appearances in all competitions and managed 53 goals and 45 assists in the process. They also won two DFL Supersups and finished Champions League runners-up in 2013.
The Germany international also become one of Europe’s most dangerous forwards following his stunning progress back at Dortmund.
While it’s been nearly four years since Klopp left BVB for Liverpool, however, Reus still retains big respect for his old boss.
“Oh my god, Jurgen was such an animal! You only knew somebody like him from TV,” Reus told Goal and DAZN.
“If Jurgen sits in front of you with his aura, with his aggressiveness, which he radiates even when speaking, with his size, then that is quite impressive. Even the way he talks to you – this is rarely the case in professional business.
“He pulls you under his spell and will not let you go. I left the conversation with a fluttering heart. He was definitely one of the reasons why I signed for Dortmund.”
Last season’s Bundesliga’s player of the year also noted Klopp’s special ability to draw out the full potential of players.
Reus added: “Before a season you can plan a lot. But so many unforeseen things can happen, such as a system change or injuries, so things can happen completely different.
“When a club wants to sign a player, it’s important that the coach teaches the player the philosophy and what he’s up to. That was not different with me.
“Shinji Kagawa signed for Manchester United that year [in 2012], I was the substitute. We talked about what position he sees me in and in which areas I can improve myself.
“Jurgen can develop players and make them better. That is a very important factor. He has a special way, in training and personal interaction.”