Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp: I am the normal one
New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp says he is a 'normal guy' after signing three-year deal at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp says he is the “normal one” after the German was appointed as Liverpool manager.
The Reds manager faced the British media for the first time since putting pen to paper on a new three-year deal at Anfield on Thursday evening.
I am the normal one
Klopp arrives at the Merseyside outfit amid much fanfare after the 48-year-old head coach left Borussia Dortmund in the summer.
Asked by one journalist if Jose Mourinho is ‘The Special One’, how would the former BVB manager describe himself, Klopp replied: “I don’t want to describe myself.
“I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one maybe? I had a great opportunity to take Dortmund for seven years. And now I am here. I want to enjoy my work.
“People have told me a lot about the English press. It is up to you to show me they are all liars.”
Klopp has become Liverpool manager after the Reds sacked Brendan Rodgers on Sunday evening following a 1-1 draw with Everton in the Merseyside derby.
The German manager will face top-six rivals Tottenham Hotspur in the Premier League at White Hart Lane in his first game on 17 October.
Jurgen Klopp fact-file
• Having spent his early playing career in the lower leagues and failing to break into Eintracht’s first team, Jurgen Klopp turned professional with Mainz, starting off as a striker before becoming a no-nonsense defender. Never played in the top flight but made 325 second-division appearances from 1990 to 2001, setting a club record by scoring 52 goals.
• Klopp was appointed Mainz’s caretaker coach on 28 February 2001, helping the club avoid relegation to the third tier. Duly won a permanent contract and built Mainz into one of the strongest clubs in the 2. Bundesliga; narrowly missed out on promotion in 2002 and 2003, Mainz losing out to Eintracht by a single goal in the latter campaign.
• Finally took Mainz into the top flight for the first time in 2004 and kept them in the Bundesliga until 2007, taking them into the 2005-06 Uefa Cup via the Fair Play ranking – they lost to eventual winners Sevilla in the first round.
• After another promotion near-miss in 2007-08, Klopp – whose enthusiasm and passion, plus work as a TV pundit, have made him popular all over Germany – left for Dortmund. Took them to sixth in his first season, led them into the Europa League the next year and then, with a squad full of exciting young talent, oversaw league title wins in 2010-11 and 2011-12, adding the German Cup in the latter campaign.
• Earned even greater admiration in the 2012-13 season as he steered Dortmund all the way to the Champions League final at Wembley, where they lost to Bayern Munich. Dortmund reached another domestic cup final in 2014, but again came up short against Bayern.