Former Borussia Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp is the new Liverpool boss following the sacking of the Northern Irishman Brendan Rodgers on Sunday afternoon.
But who is the 48-year-old and what is his managerial style?
We take a closer look at the new Reds boss…..
Height: 1.93m (6ft 4in)
Birth Date: June 16, 1967
Birth Place: Stuttgart, West Germany
Clubs Played For: Mainz 05
Clubs Managed: Mainz 05 & Borussia Dortmund
When did he start his managerial career?
Klopp started his managerial career in 2001 at Mainz 05 immediately after retiring following a 12-year playing career with the German side. During his playing career he became a legend at Mainz, as they were the only club he played for. He featured as a defender and a striker, scoring 52 times in 337 appearences. Klopp stayed in charge of Mainz for seven years, leading the club to promotion to the Bundesliga and UEFA Cup qualification for the first time.
What’s he achieved?
The 48-year-old has won two Bundesliga titles, one DFB Pokal, three DFL- Supercups as well as a runners-up medal in the 2013 Champions League whilst managing Dortmund. Due to his success at Westfalenstadion, he went on to win back-to-back German Manager of the Year awards in 2011 and 2012. He also came second in the 2013 FIFA Coach of the Year awards.
What’s his philosophy?
Klopp himself has branded his playing style as ‘heavy metal football’, which involves seriously high pressure on the opposition as well as a lot speed and counter attacking. He insists that his players must have good fitness levels both on and off of the ball in order to suit his playing style. He also focuses on developing young talents with big potential, which has some similarities to the attempts made by Rodgers at Anfield
What are his personality traits?
Klopp is often pictured smiling both on and off the pitch but like most good football managers, he has been known to show pure passion and emotion, which truly portrays how much he loves the beautiful game. However, he has also been caught up in controversy. In March 2014, he was fined after “verbally abusing” the referee and fourth official during a match against Borussia Monchengladbach. On the whole though, he is a very charismatic person who players love to play for and fans quickly warm to.
What will he bring to Liverpool?
Liverpool have recently played as if they have no desire or winning mentality and Klopp, despite a tough season last term, could well be the man to change that. He has a pure passion for succeeding so that, as well as his ‘heavy metal football’, could lead to the start of making the Reds the great club that they once were. Klopp also has proven to be loyal, with both of his previous tenures lasting seven years, so Kopites don’t have to worry about their new boss getting itchy feet.
Mainz (Feb 2001 – June 2008)
Defeats: 78Win Percentage: 40.37%
Borussia Dortmund (July 2008 – May 2015)
Win Percentage: 56.29%
Did you know? One of Klopp’s two sons used to play for Borussia Dortmund II, but was forced to retire due to injuries.
What they say: “I think Klopp is best for the club, it’s a fantastic combination. He can achieve similar things with Liverpool like he did with Dortmund.” – Franz Beckenbauer, Germany legend.