Biography

Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is a German head coach currently in charge of Premier League club Liverpool FC

Liverpool FC manager Jurgen Klopp Photo: The Sport Review

Jurgen Klopp is a German coach who is currently in charge of Premier League club Liverpool FC.

Klopp spent the majority of his playing career at Mainz 05 between 1990 and 2001 before he retired to begin his coaching career.

Jurgen took over the reins at Mainz on 27 February 2001 and he led the German club to a 1-0 win in his first game in charge.

The German coach led Mainz to the Bundesliga for the first time and Klopp secured Uefa Cup football before their relegation in 2007.

Klopp took over the reins at Borussia Dortmund in May 2008 but didn’t win his first Bundesliga title until 2011.

He won two German top flight titles, the German Cup, two German Super Cups and finished as Champions League runners-up in 2013.

Jurgen stood down at the end of the 2014-15 season before he was appointed as the new Liverpool FC manager in October 2015.

Klopp has led Liverpool FC to the Champions League, Europa League and League Cups finals but the Reds have lost all three showpieces.

Personal Information:

Date of birth: 16 June 1967
Age: 51 years old
Place of birth: Stuttgart, Germany
Nationality: German
Height: 193cm / 6ft 4ins
Weight: 83kg / 183 lbs
Wages: £7million-a-year

Playing career

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Jurgen spent short spells at Eintracht Frankfurt II, Viktoria Sindlingen and Rot-Weiss Frankfurt before he moved to Mainz 05 in 1990.

Klopp started his career as a striker but developed into a defender as he became more experienced.

He scored 52 goals in 325 games in all competitions during his 11-year stint at Mainz 05.

Mainz 05

Jurgen was handed his first managerial role at the age of 33 at Mainz.

Klopp led Mainz to a 1-0 win over MSV Duisberg in his first game in charge to make a winning start to his life as a coach.

Jurgen earned plenty of plaudits after he helped Mainz 05 to avoid relegation to the third tier of German football.

Fresh from inking a permanent deal, he improved Mainz 05 but the Klopp’s side missed out on promotion to the Bundesliga in 2002 and 2003.

However, Mainz 05 finally secured promotion at the end of the 2003-04 and Jurgen managed to keep the club in the top flight until 2007.

Klopp led Mainz 05 to the Uefa Cup in 2005-06.

Borussia Dortmund

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Jurgen took over the reins at Borussia Dortmund in May 2008.

Klopp made a solid start to his Dortmund managerial career after he led BVB to sixth spot in the 2008-09 season before Borussia ended up with a fifth-placed finish in 2009-10.

Dortmund beat Bayern Munich in the German Super Cup to win his first piece of silverware in 2008.

Jurgen led Borussia Dortmund to the Bundesliga title in 2010-11 after finishing seven points ahead of their closest rivals Bayer Leverkusen.

BVB followed up that title win in the 2010-11 season by completing the double after ending up eight points ahead of Bayern Munich.

Dortmund were 5-2 winners against Bayern Munich in the German Cup final as Klopp helped Borussia to win their first double in their history.

Jurgen reached his first Champions League final in 2013. However, Dortmund lost 2-1 to their bitter rivals Bayern Munich at Wembley.

Klopp saw Mario Gotze and Robert Lewandowski move to Bayern in his final seasons in charge but a difficult campaign for Klopp in 2015-16.

His final game in charge saw the Westfalonstadion outfit lost 3-1 to Wolfsburg in the German Cup final.

He finished with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses.

Liverpool FC

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Klopp was confirmed as the new Liverpool FC manager on 8 October 2015.

The German head coach put pen to paper on a three-year contract after he replaced Brendan Rodgers at the Anfield outfit.

In his first media conference, Klopp dubbed himself “the normal one” in reference to Jose Mourinho, who calls himself “the special one”.

Klopp led Liverpool FC to a goalless draw at Tottenham Hotspur in his first Premier League game in charge.

He masterminded impressive victories at Chelsea FC and Manchester City to show Liverpool FC’s potential under the German head coach.

Liverpool FC lost on penalties to Manchester City in the League Cup final at Wembley in his first cup final in February 2016.

Klopp’s team came from 3-1 down to beat his former club Borussia Dortmund in the Europa League quarter-finals.

The Reds reached the Europa League showpiece but the Reds lost 3-1 to Sevilla in the final in Basel in May 2016.

Liverpool FC finished in eighth place in the Premier League table at the end of the 2015-16 season.

Klopp signed seven players in the 2016 summer transfer window in a bid to overhaul his squad ahead of the new campaign.

He signed a new six-year deal in July 2016 to extend his stay until 2022.

The German head coach led Liverpool FC to fourth place thanks to a 3-0 win over Middlesbrough on the final day of the 2016-17 season. The Reds were in second place in the Premier League on New Year’s Eve but injuries hampered their progress.

Klopp signed Mohamed Salah and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain in a £40m deals in the 2018 summer transfer window. He smashed the club’s record transfer fee when Liverpool FC completed a £75m deal from Southampton in January 2018.

Jurgen was praised for Liverpool FC’s attacking brand of football after the Reds scored 17 times in victories over FC Porto, Manchester City and AS Roma in the Champions League knockout stage.

Klopp’s side lost 3-1 to 13-time winners Real Madrid in the Champions League final in Kiev on May 26 2018.

Liverpool FC finished in the top four in consecutive seasons for the first time since 2009.

Honours

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Mainz 05

2. Bundesliga promotion: 2003–04[94]

Borussia Dortmund

Bundesliga: 2010–11, 2011–12
DFB-Pokal: 2011–12
DFL-Supercup: 2013, 2014
UEFA Champions League: Runner-up: 2012–13

Liverpool

Football League Cup Runner-up: 2015–16
UEFA Europa League: Runner-up 2015–16
UEFA Champions League: Runner-up 2017-18

Personal life

Jurgen is married to social worker and children’s author Ulla Sandrock.

Klopp has a son from his previous marriage to Sabine.

Marc Klopp played for a number of German clubs, FSV Frankfurt under-19s, KSV Klein-Karben, SV Darmstadt 98, Borussia Dortmund II and the Kreisliga side VfL Kemminghausen 1925.

The Liverpool FC boss got a a diploma in sports science at the Goethe University of Frankfurt.

Best quotes

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On Mats Hummels’ continuous injury problems

“We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail.”

On victory at Bayern Munich

“When Dortmund last won here 19 years ago, most of my players were still being breast-fed.”

On signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan

“Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need.”

On creating a style of football at Borussia

“The fans should not only recognise us by our black and yellow jerseys. Even if we play in red, everyone in the stadium should think: ‘Whoa, that can only be BVB.’”

On his hair transplant

“Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don’t you?”

Interesting facts about Jurgen Klopp

• Klopp faced Liverpool as a manager even prior to Dortmund’s 4-0 friendly defeat at Anfield in 2014, having beaten the Reds 5-0 in another non-competitive tie in the summer of 2006 with Mainz. After the second encounter, he reportedly remarked: “Once, I won 5-0 against Liverpool in pre-season with Mainz and afterwards we got relegated. For me, it’s now standing 5-4.”

• BVB’s league win in 2011-12 saw them set a new Bundesliga record points total of 81, though this was beaten by Bayern Munich’s 91-point haul the following season under Jupp Heynckes.

• Klopp was regularly spotted walking home from Dortmund’s Westfalenstadion after games, and once explained that the journey gave him time to think about how his team had played.

• Jurgen He has previously revealed that his favourite player was defender Karlheinz Forster, a two-time World Cup runner-up with West Germany.

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