Jurgen Klopp praised his Liverpool players for “writing their own history” after they won the Premier League title. Manchester City’s defeat to Chelsea on Thursday night ensured Liverpool claimed their first top-flight title in 30 years. Klopp said: “The players wanted to write their own history and stories so they were ready not to compare us with those great figures in this club.
“We were unbelievably good last year and smashing this record is absolutely exceptional. It is really difficult to get there.” On whether he will get a statue like Liverpool’s previous title-winning managers, Klopp joked: “They all got theirs when they were not here. I want to live for 30 or 40 years!”
Klopp is confident Liverpool will not lose the hunger for silverware after winning the Champions League, Club World Cup, Super Cup, and now the Premier League. He said: “We won some stuff but they are still humble and as long as they stay humble we have a chance of being successful.”
“People ask why I am always smiling. It’s because when my son was born, I realized that football is not life or death. We’re not saving lives. Football should not spread misery, it should be about joy.” – Klopp
Even at a young age, many of Jurgen’s pals were convinced he would become one of the world’s best managers. Jen Haas remembers when, both aged 11, he and Jurgen were listening to a Stuttgart Bundesliga match. Young Jurgen suggested a couple of substitutions. Moments later, the commentator announced the same switches.
Aged 23, he signed semi-professional for second division Mainz, starting as a striker. But he struggled with the technical aspects and fans would whistle and boo when his name was announced.
He had more success in defense before he was unexpectedly installed as manager in 2001. The impact was instant. Mainz pulled clear of relegation and within three years were in the top flight for the first time.
After even greater success at Dortmund, Jurgen was one of the most famous men in his country. A song about him reached No 2 in the German charts. In 2015, Dortmund was in mourning as he left the club to enjoy a brief sabbatical before eventually joining Liverpool.
When asked about his ambitions. He said: “The problem is, I think other people can have success too. It’s not all about me.” If anyone took that to mean he wouldn’t give his all to build the best team in the world, their worries were soon allayed.
And now, whether he likes it or not, it really is all about Jurgen.