Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp feels that he is more calmer than his Chelsea counterpart Antonio Conte ahead of their preseason friendly.
In an exclusive interview to ESPN FC, former Borussia Dortmund manager feels that he is more mild-mannered than Conte as both managers are known for his wild and emotional celebrations on the touchline during the games.
“I saw him actually at the European Championships and, yeah, he was quite emotional [and] I thought, ‘sometimes am I like this?'” Klopp said on Wednesday.
“I think I’m cooler but it’s not a battle between us tonight and I met him once before at the Puma meeting in a Hetzel in Germany. We could not speak a lot because we, at this moment, we had no common language. My Italian is only [to] order some food and, yes, his English meanwhile is pretty good so we will have a talk tonight for sure.
“He’s a brilliant manager and it will be a tough season for both of us.”
Liverpool is having a good transfer window as Klopp have added talented young players by signing the likes of Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and most recently Georginio Wijnaldum. Klopp is very happy with the club over the transfers in the current window.
“First of all, improvement all can come in all kinds of life and in all parts of life and, it’s based on experience so, I don’t think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that’s why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership,” Klopp said.
“Hopefully it stays like this and because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision. … I don’t know how it works in other clubs but in this squad it’s not one player.”
He continued: “It’s all about the situation in the club and the squad and it’s about money, we have all we all have a budget — okay maybe not all have a budget — but we have a budget, so it all it needs to be serious. That’s how it is and that’s how I like it and that’s how I’m used to working.
“So it’s a lot of work to find a solution at the end. And yeah when I put my thumb up and I only can do this when the financial things are agreed and the player joins us or leaves us that’s how it is.”
The 49-year old German who is known for his work with young players’ development says it is not that difficult to get relegated to sidelines during the season.
“That would be stupid now if I would moan about this. That’s the game when I took the job I knew that I cannot step on the [pitch], and the biggest influence on my success as a manager is that I stopped playing,” Klopp jokingly said.
“You have to prepare the guys as good as possible and in the end. Again, I can’t score goals, that’s right. But I have to show them how they can more often [get] in a situation where they can score goals. I can’t defend in the last second, that’s right. But I have to show them how it works.”
He continued: “So, that’s what I love, that’s that’s my influence and if then at one point it stops, right. But I feel always part of the power that I can still have influence. That’s why I am lively outside [the pitch].”