Jurgen Klopp last season did what the likes of Graeme Souness, Roy Evans, Gerard Houllier, Rafa Benitez, Roy Hodgson, and Brendan Rogers had all failed to do before him, and brought the Premier League title back to Anfield for the first time in 30 years, a year after leading them to success in the Champions League final.
And, when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund back in his native Germany, he helped his team challenge the monopoly on domestic titles in the country.
An unspectacular playing career as a defender with Mainz saw him move seamlessly into the manager’s job at the same club aged just 34.
Since then his teams have become known for their high-energy, high-tempo, Gegenpressing style, based on trying to regain lost possession at the earliest opportunity. He has also become known for his ability to identify with the fans and the players of the clubs that he manages, as well as the emotion that he shows on the touchline.
Popular, not only with Liverpool and Dortmund fans, but throughout the game, he has delivered many good soundbites in his time.
Here are some of the best footballer quotes of Jürgen Klopp.
“I’m a totally normal guy, I came from the Black Forest. I’m the Normal One.”
“I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division.”
“When I left school, the head said, ‘I hope you can do something in football because, if not, I have not the best feeling for your future.'”
“You have to feel a defeat. You cannot say ‘I don’t care, it’s not important’. It was important and we lost, so that feels not too good. You always have to strike back. We can say all of these things, but you know you can fall down and then you have to stand up. That’s the truth, but it’s completely normal – only silly idiots stay on the floor and wait for the next defeat.”
“Go through the world and find me a team who can finish as champions in the same league as Bayern. If we should finish second this summer, I’ll find a truck and drive it through my garden. If nobody will rejoice, I’ll do it alone.”
“I have been four and a half years in this country and I never heard that word before. What is ‘inevitable’? As far as I’m concerned, we are not even mathematically qualified for the Champions League yet.”
“He likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. But I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud.”
“The world at the moment is a circus with us at the centre. I am not influenced by it.”
“It’s not important because who wants to be first in November? You want to be first in May. It’s only November. The pressure is not there yet. It will come,” – after beating title rivals Manchester City at Anfield.”
“A couple of years ago, three or four maybe, in the beginning, I said we want to write our own stories, we want to create our own history. Obviously, the boys took really seriously what I said there and that’s all cool.”
“Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are really cool, don’t you?”
“He’s leaving because he’s Guardiola’s favourite. If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. I can’t make myself shorter and learn Spanish.”
“I told my players during the break: Since we’re here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football.”
“I’m a bit proud of my first red card as coach. I approached the fourth official and said: ‘How many mistakes are allowed here? If it is 15, you have one more.’”
“If that’s not a bull**** story, I’ll eat a broomstick!”
“We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is clearly higher. But then Robin Hood was apparently quite successful.”
“We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail.”
“Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need.”
“When Dortmund last won here 19 years ago, most of my players were still being breast-fed.”
“If you go nuts and start taking drugs and drinking and driving different cars or whatever and leave your missus at home because you are now the Champions League winner, then I can’t help you”.
And here are some quotes about Klopp
“There is no facade with Jurgen. There is no show for the cameras.
“He is a massive personality and a great motivator of men.
“One title you’ve won and you’re f*****g giving it the big ‘un F*** off!”
After beating Brighton 5 – 0
“Should be enough to save Klopp’s job.”
When he [Klopp] was appointed everyone was really excited.
“And he nailed himself to the people when he said, ‘I’m the normal one’.
“Because that’s what the Liverpool people are. They just want people to be normal, very good at their job, but they don’t need it slammed in their face every two minutes.
“Jurgen Klopp’s the kind of manager you’d run through fire for”
“Jürgen electrified a whole city. He blew away the depression with his speeches.”
Mainz Sporting Director, Christian Heidel
“He’s a strong personality, very strong, very stubborn, determined and his performances, and his career at Dortmund was a stellar rise to the top and I think he’ll do very well.
“I don’t like saying that, being Liverpool, because I’m worried about it but, no, he’ll do well.”
Pep Guardiola after City were cleared by CAS:
“I tell Jose and Jurgen that today was a good day for football. A very good day. If they want to talk, I’m here.
“The sentence from the three independent judges was clear. But, if they want, they know my telephone number, they can call me and I can explain. It’s not a problem at all.
“like a father to all of us”
Andy is an exiled English football fan living in Cyprus. He loves all sports but football is his abiding passion, and he still has dreams every now and then about scoring the winning goal in a Wembley Cup Final, even though his playing days are long gone. He follows most major leagues, across Europe at least, and has a favoured team in each. When he’s not watching, listening, reading or downloading podcasts about football, he spend his time worrying about his beloved Arsenal.