‘Emotional’ Klopp vows to ‘entertain’ Liverpool fans

Date published: Friday 9th October 2015 8:19

Jurgen Klopp: New Liverpool manager

New Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp says he does not want to make things too complicated, but has vowed to “entertain” the Anfield fans.

Klopp was appointed as the successor to Brendan Rodgers on Thursday night and is believed to have penned a three-year contract.

“Thanks to the club’s owners,” Klopp told LFC TV.

“Firstly, I would like to offer thanks to the ownership of Liverpool Football Club for showing faith in me and my staff and presenting us with this wonderful opportunity. They have presented to me a very clear vision and I share their ambitions and model of work.

“I am very excited by the challenge we face and eager to start the job and begin implementing our ideas and ways of working with this team. This is a talented group of players and there is still much to compete for this season.

“I love football and the intensity of football in Liverpool is what is very good for me. I always thought about working in England and Liverpool’s first choice. It’s the best thing I can imagine.

It feels like a dream

“It is one of the best moments of my life being here with my family. It feels like a dream.

“We have to change from doubters to believers, now. My English is not good enough to express what I feel about Anfield.

“I am pretty excited. I want to see it, I want to feel it, I want to smell it.

“It is historical, of course. It’s a great place. This is very special. It is the most historical place.

“Of course I will adapt. At this moment I don’t think about this. It’s not so difficult. My experience is to listen, see, feel and then think about what you change. I will do these three things and then think about how I will adapt.

“I don’t want to make things too complicated.

“I understand football. It’s only this game because of the fans. We have to entertain them. We have to make their life better.

“We don’t save lives, we are not doctors, it is our job that they can forget their problems for 90 minutes.

“That’s how I want to live. I love this game so much.”

Jurgen Klopp: New Reds boss

Jurgen Klopp: Wants to entertain


Klopp will be assisted by Zeljko Buvac, his assistant at Dortmund and Mainz before that, and coach Peter Krawietz.

The 48-year-old won plaudits for implementing an attractive, attacking brand of football during his seven-year spell with Dortmund – where he won two Bundesliga titles and reached the Champions League final – and is expected to apply a similar style at Anfield.

“Winning is important but so is how you win and how you play the game,” he added.

“I believe in a playing philosophy that is very emotional, very fast and very strong. My teams must play at full throttle and take it to the limit every single game.

“It is important to have a playing philosophy that reflects your own mentality, reflects the club and gives you a clear direction to follow. Tactical of course, but tactical with a big heart.

“Liverpool has extraordinary supporters and Anfield is a world renowned home, with an incredible atmosphere.

“I want to build a great relationship with these supporters and give them memories to cherish. I hope we can feed off each other’s energy and that we take this journey together.”

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