It is almost certain that Jurgen Klopp is all set to become the next Liverpool manager replacing Brendan Rodgers.
Ahead of the official announcements, Liverpool fans are going crazy with ‘Klopp for Kop’.
Let us give you seven interesting facts about the German manager who achieved the heights managing Borussia Dortmund.
1> He has connections
As with everything in life, connections play a huge role in football. Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is a shrewd person, and he knows a things or two about the transfer market. Klopp built a great team when he took over Borussia Dortmund in 2008. Even he lost players such as Mario Goetze and Robert Lewandowski, Klopp made sure the team didn’t lose the composure. He has got connections.
2> Klopp has a degree in Sports Science
If you were wondering why Jurgen Klopp is one of the most intelligent tacticians, wonder no more. In 1995, he earned a degree in sports science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt. The German manager is not your average coach. Apart from having a playing career for 12 years, Klopp is really serious about his passion. Now, his final thesis was about walking. Yeah, you read it right. But don’t ever think he will tolerate walking from his players.
3> Klopp is a fan of Arsene Wenger
In an interview for Daily Mail in 2013, Jurgen Klopp revealed his admiration for Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger. He said that he loved the French manager’s gentle and flamboyant character, but he said that there is a chasm when it comes to the game philosophy. While Arsene Wenger builds his team just like an orchestra, Jurgen Klopp prefers a loud, aggressive, dynamic team. The German manager is like a an heavy metal hardcore fan. Expressive, loud and with a knack for lethal counter attacks.
4> He is joint-most successful coach in Borussia Dortmund history
In Germany, Bayern Munich had always a monopoly in football. Klopp was the one who broke that for a while. Klopp won 179 games out of 318 games with Borussia Dortmund, earning himself a 56.29 percentage win. He took over the Black and Yellows in 2008 and went on to become one of the club’s most successful managers. Klopp won the 2010/11 and 2011/12 Bundesliga title, and the German Cup in 2012.
5> Klopp is a Mainz icon
Before he made his big break with Borussia Dortmund, Jurgen Klopp plied his trade with Mainz 05 for 12 years, before becoming the team’s manager in 2001. Klopp managed Mainz 05 from 2001 to 2008, helping the team make its first appearance in the Bundesliga, and also secure a place for the 2005/2006 UEFA Cup. In addition to being a loved figure by BvB fans, Jurgen Klopp is an idol at Coface Arena.
6> He came up with Rodger’s Liverpool “pressing” philosophy
If you thought Brendan Rodgers was the first to employ the “pressing” philosophy, you might think twice. Jurgen Klopp is renowned for his intelligent tactics, and the pressing philosophy is one of his most widely used tactics. Also known as gegenpressing (German for pressing against), the “pressing” philosophy calls for an immediate reaction after the team losses possession. Brendan Rodgers adapted the tactic much later.
Now, the fact that every Liverpool fans will love the most!
7> Klopp knows all the words of ‘You’ll Never Walk Alone’
Everybody is hailing Klopp to be a perfect fit at Liverpool due to his passion for the game. During his time, Dortmund became one of the most passionate fanbases in the world but Liverpool fans have the same reputation since a long long time. If you still have a doubt how perfectly Klopp is fit at Anfield, here is an interesting fact for you.
Jurgen Klopp knows all the words of Liverpool’s famous anthem ‘You’ll never walk alone’, according to Bild. The song is also sung by BvB fans and the newspaper has remarked Jurgen Klopp and Liverpool supporters are “full of emotional romance” and crazy about football.