New boss Jurgen Klopp says he is “not an idiot” and he will have the “first and last word” on Liverpool’s transfer dealings.
German manager Klopp was officially unveiled at a press conference on Friday morning and immediately labelled Liverpool “a special club”.
Klopp has reportedly penned a three-year deal and succeeds Brendan Rodgers, who was sacked on Sunday after the Merseyside derby draw with Everton.
Klopp told a press conference: “It’s a good moment to come here and I feel very proud. It’s how the people here live football. It’s a special club.
“I have to say sorry for my English. For a few days I have known that I’d be back in the race. It’s the biggest honour I can imagine.
“Players have to think they can reach the expectations of all the press and the fans. You need to change from doubter to believer.
“It is a really crazy discussion I heard about,” he said when asked about the criticism the transfer committee – comprising the manager, chief executive Ian Ayre, FSG president Mike Gordon, director of scouting Dave Fallows, chief scout Barry Hunter and director of technical performance Michael Edwards.
“It was not a problem for 10 seconds. We talked about it, of course, but I am not an idiot.
“For me it is enough to have the first and the last word, the middle we can discuss everything.
“We only want to discuss about very good players, it is discussing on the highest level.
“I am not a genius. I don’t know more than the rest of the world.
“I need the other people to get the perfect information and when we have this we will sign the player or sell a player.
“It is really easy to handle this.”
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Klopp continued: “First time I came here (with Dortmund) I wondered what it would be like (to manage this club). I am a lucky guy.
“We will start to play very emotional football. That’s very important at Anfield.
“This is a great club with a good team. There is a lot of potential. Everything is there. Let’s start a new way. It’s the perfect moment.
“I am 48. Over the past four months I’ve played a lot of tennis. I had a good feeling when FSG contacted me. They are cool guys.
“I’ve heard a lot about the English press, it’s up to you to show me that they are all liars.
“It would be nice to stop taking photos of me when I move from one side of hotel room to the other. Let’s concentrate on football.
“I don’t want to describe myself. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? I’m a normal guy. I’m the normal one.”
When Klopp was asked about the style of play Liverpool might adopt under his reign, he said:
“I haven’t met my team yet. (My style is) emotion inside, it’s speed, it’s a transition game. All the things that make football interesting for me I want to see on the pitch.
“But it’s not the day for promising a certain style of football. Let’s start to work, let’s speak next week, let’s start normal work.”
Klopp was also careful not to compare himself to Anfield legends from recent history.
“I don’t compare myself with genius managers of Liverpool.
“It’s cool that some of you, and the fans are looking forward to the next few years and months, but none of these (past) managers said ‘my target is to be a legend’. This is a great club because of many, many great decisions in the past, now we have to work in the present.”
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