Jurgen Klopp is the immensely popular Liverpool manager, but here’s a few things you may not have known about the German genius.
1 He led Mainz to the Bundesliga for the first time in their history
Klopp spent his entire senior career at lower-league Mainz, and never reached the highest level of German football. But Klopp achieved what he never could as a player while managing the club in 2004. He also managed to get them into the 2005-06 UEFA Cup before leaving for Dortmund.
2 He’s the joint-most decorated manager in Dortmund history
Klopp’s five-trophy haul at Borussia Dortmund put him on par with Ottmar Hitzfeld. That’s two Bundesliga titles, a German Cup and two Super Cups.
3 He had a wicked volley in his locker
He may describe himself as an average player, but Klopp scored a couple of beauties in his day. This video proves it…
4 He’s had a hair transplant
Like Antonio Conte and Wayne Rooney, Klopp had his thatch sorted to battle male-pattern baldness. He addressed it in a press conference, saying: “Yes, I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are pretty cool. Don’t you?”
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5 He can get carried away
We all know Jurgen Klopp loves a touchline celebration, but he once revealed that he tore a muscle while cheering Borussia Dortmund on.
6 He likes to walk
Roberto Mancini used to cycle to Manchester City’s Carrington training ground, and Klopp’s approach at the Westfalenstadion was similar. He was often spotted walking home after games, claiming it gave him time to reflect on the performance.
7 He’s loyal to a fault
Good news for Liverpool fans, but Klopp was a one-club man as a player and then went on to become Mainz’s longest-serving manager. A feat he repeated at Dortmund.
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