The Liverpool manager has taken Liverpool from near obscurity to the top of the footballing world, but who is he and what does he want?
A string of interviews with those who have met him, those that know him and the man himself via Sports Illustrated give us an insight into Jurgen Klopp.
Klopp is the kind of person that everyone apparently loves.
According to Megan Rapinoe:
“I was excited to meet him, so I just went right up and got in there, he’s so warm and genuine.”
The feeling was mutual.
“I met [Rapinoe] for the first time and I loved her.”
His care and attention to the needs of his players outside of football don’t go unnoticed.
Georginio Wijnaldum said:
“Most people just go straight to the business, we spoke about our lives, basically and we still do.”
Klopp himself loves to be loved, he recalls the parade after the Champions League triumph.
“60-, 70-, 80-year-old men and women punching their chests, screaming, ‘I! LOVE! YOU!’ Life is all about having that kind of relationship.”
He has this enigmatic approach to the toughest challenges and his players are buying into it and the club and its fans are reaping the reward.
As he prepared for the game trailing 3-0 to Barcelona.
He said to his players:
“I want everybody to close your eyes for 10 or 15 seconds.”
“Imagine the best game you’ve ever played.”
” That’s exactly the game we have to play tonight.”
The result was a 4-3 victory, he added:
“Then the boys played that game, and it’s one of the most wonderful stories ever in football.”
Klopp leaves nothing to chance, everything he puts together is meticulous and detailed and he envisions the outcome.
His decision to create a striking trident of Salah, Mane, and Firmino that will go down in Liverpool history.
“I could see it coming,”
The ultimate goal for Klopp and his main task when given the job was to break the streak of missing out on a league title.
That is something that is closer than ever this year.
However, barring self-destruction of cataclysmic proportions, he is in line some think to be heralded in the same breath as Shankly, Paisley, and Dalglish.
Biographer and journalist Raphael Honigstein says:
“He’s taken a club that was lost.”
“To bring them back—to relieve those 30 years of disappointment, that loss of status.”
“I think would be an achievement on par with theirs[ Shankly, Paisley, and Dalglish].”