Jurgen Klopp, our manager. The man tasked with making our club great again. Where did it all begin? He played his entire senior professional career for Mainz 05, from 1990 to 2001, making him a one-club man. “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.”
Upon his retirement he was appointed as manager, remaining there for 7 years. During which time he led the team to its first appearance in the Bundesliga, and qualification for the 2005/06 UEFA Cup.
Borussia Dortmund – where he became famous
In May 2008, Klopp became the Borussia Dortmund manager, taking the club to a sixth-place finish in his first season in charge.
Then leading the club to successive Bundesliga titles in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons. On 12 May 2012, Klopp made Borussia Dortmund history by sealing the club’s first ever domestic double, by defeating Bayern Munich 5-2 to win the 2012 DFB-Pokal Final.
Describing the double as being better than could have imagined.
“Yes, it’s true I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are pretty cool, don’t you?”
In the 2012/13 season, Borussia Dortmund progressed all the way to the final of the Champions League, losing the final 2-1 against a very strong Bayern Munich team.
“I told my players during the break: Since we’re here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football!!”
Time out of football
In April 2015, Klopp announced that he would leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the 2014/15 season to take a sabbatical.
He planned to take a year off and recharge, however on 8 October 2015 Klopp agreed a three-year deal to become Liverpool manager, replacing Brendan Rodgers. His first Premier League win was a 3-1 away victory against Chelsea.
Klopp’s thoughts on the crucial difference between himself and Arsene Wenger.
“He likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. I like heavy metal.”
He was the pioneer of ‘gegenpressing’, whilst admitting that his style has evolved over time.
What is gegenpressing?
It’s about the transitions. The counter-attack is hugely important in football. It’s about countering the counter, simply meaning that wherever you lose the ball, you immediately rush to win it back.
You have to recycle to ball very quickly. Turning defence into attack at every opportunity.
Hound the opposing defenders. Force an error and pounce.