Why Jurgen Klopp is Liverpool’s perfect manager – and is only going to get better

After he’s recovered from an epic celebration on Liverpool’s Champions’ League trophy homecoming, Jurgen Klopp will immediately be plotting to win it again.

And that is the genius of the man, according to his friend and former managerial rival Jurgen Klinsmann, who believes the Reds boss is currently the greatest coach in world football.

Klinsmann may have been disappointed to see Klopp defeat his former club Spurs in the Madrid final last weekend, but he admits he can’t begrudge his one time adversary his success, because of his winning character.

The pair come from villages close to each other in Baden-Wurttemberg, a state in the south west of Germany, and Klinsmann said that the work ethic in the region is evident in the manager’s dedication.

Klopp won his first European Cup at the weekend
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“He’s a workaholic because that’s in our blood where we come from. He’s sponge, that always wants to learn and always wants to look at what is next…and it never gets saturated,” the former Germany manager said.

“One thing is for sure he will never, ever rest. Winning the Champions League Final now, the first thought of him a day later will be, ‘how do I win this next year?’

“So he will never be satisfied…he doesn’t stop. It’s just in his nature that he always wants to keep going and going and going. He will be working on it now, how he can move the pieces to make it even better.”

Klinsmann during his time as USA boss
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When Klinsmann was manager at Bayern he came up against Klopp soon after he moved to Dortmund, and the mutual respect between the pair stems from that rivalry.

Speaking in a Channel 4 documentary which examines the two coaches from the final last Saturday, the Germany hero says Klopp has the full armoury as a manager – a technical and tactical sophistication and a compelling personality which inspires players and fans.

Klinsmann and Klopp back in 2008
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But it is his drive which sets him apart. “Even before he played the final, he will have been discussing, ‘ok if I get that one more addition here, or one more there…’,” Klinsmann explained.

“He constantly works on the big parcel of his roster, of his team. He will be looking at how they can improve and come back and do it again.

“It’s amazing what he’d achieved already in his coaching career, but obviously this has topped it all.

“Yet a couple of days later he will go back to business and say, “what’s next?”. That’s just his character.”

Liverpool players hold Klopp aloft after the win over Spurs
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Klopp’s ability has a coach has been somewhat overshadowed by a concentration on his personality, but Klinsmann is adamant the Liverpool manager combines both the technical and inspirational perfectly.

“He’s just a person you want to wish him well – he puts so much energy in there, so much effort and hard work in there, on all sides of the game,” he added.

“The way he won over the people in Liverpool and the way he became one of them, it just deserves then, the end result, meaning now this very special title.

Klopp leads the parade
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“Klopp fits Liverpool so perfectly because his background is very humble, his background it’s blue collar, hardworking, they live and die for their club and so, his whole life basically was always very, very closely connected to the people, to the neighbourhoods.”

Klinsmann doesn’t believe for a second it’s an act, either. “He’s just himself, you know. I think that’s why people really like Jurgen Klopp, because he doesn’t sell anything.

“You know exactly what you get from him.

Klopp certainly enjoyed the parade on Sunday
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“So, he’s so charismatic and so straight forward and gets to the point, and he’s not losing time in whatever discussion you have with him.

“And I think that’s what people appreciate, and he’s honest, he’s honest, he’s straight out there.

“People just like him. He’s likeable you know? Because he’s so funny, so charismatic, so energetic.

“And that’s what you want from leaders, you don’t want boring leaders that always talk in the same tone, no.

“No, you want people like him saying, ‘That’s what we’re going to do now, we’re going to go out there now and we’re going to beat Barcelona .’ And then he does it.”

*Klopp v Poch: Battle of the Supermanagers, a Channel 4 documentary – available on demand now, on All 4

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