12 Quotes That Reveal A Lot About Jurgen Klopp The Man

Decoding the wit and wisdom of the Liverpool manager-elect

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If/when Jurgen Klopp is announced as the next Liverpool manager this week, the charismatic 48-year-old will become only the second German to manage in the Premier League after the ill-fated reign of the cheese-obsessed Felix Magath at Fulham.

While Klopp will be a far more competent pair of hands, he also has eccentricities. Beloved by fans for his honesty, players for his intensity and football hipsters for his all round style (both tactical and sartorial), he certainly promises to be one of the Premier League’s most quotable assets. We've analysed some of his best known quips to help paint a picture of the man behind those fetching specs:

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1 He develops intense relationships with his players:

"We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail." (On hearing that defender Matts Hummels had been injured).

2 And his players (mostly) love him:

"We cried for 20 minutes, in each others' arms, when he (Shinji Kagawa) left."

3 He likes his football fast and direct having devised a style of football known as gegenpressing (counter-pressing):

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“He (Wenger) likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. I like heavy metal.”

4 And is not a fan of negative tactics:

"We're facing the greatest challenge there is in football: to play against an Italian team that only needs a draw."

5 He’s used to playing the underdog:

“We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. But then Robin Hood was quite successful.”

6 And is not afraid to take shots at his managerial rivals:

"If it's anyone's fault, it's mine. I can't make myself shorter and learn Spanish." (On Mario Gotze leaving Dortmund to join Pep Guardiola's Bayern Munich).

7 But like Wenger, Mourinho and Ferguson, he was never a top player:

"I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."

8 He’s a bit of an anglophile:

"Fighting football is what I like. What we say in German is English football. A rainy day, a heavy pitch, everybody is dirty in the face and they go home and can't play football for the next four weeks.

9 But he’s not going to like the Christmas fixture congestion in the Premier League:

"It's as if someone has to play the world chess championship after 72 hours of sleep deprivation."

10 He puts a high value on passion and loving what you do:

"I show my team very often Barcelona but not the way they play. Just the way they celebrate goals. Goal no 5768 in the last few weeks and they go ‘Yeeeess’ like they never scored a goal. This is what I love about football. That’s what you have to feel all the time. Until you die. And then everything is OK."

11 But he knows there is more to life than football:

"When I gave the first interview, I was very disappointed. After the second one 10 minutes later I was feeling better. In 30 minutes, I’ll probably feel like we won the match."

12 Oh, and he sacrificed a lot for that trademark hairstyle:

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