There are few football managers in the world as charismatic as Jurgen Klopp. The German is a bundle of energy on the touchline, has a humorous side to him and shares a rapport with his players that very few top managers can boast of.
The manager was roped in as a brand ambassador by Liverpool’s kit manufacturers New Balance who handed him his first test as the face of the brand by questioning him on matters – football and otherwise.
The former Borussia Dortmund manager answered that he would have pursued medicine if he had not succeeded as a footballer. He revealed his fears of turning a professional by claiming, “I thought nobody would give me money for playing football!”
The German in him had no qualms when asked which drink he preferred amongst Beer or Wine as he chose Beer and he opted for the German delicacy of Bratwurst over England’s national dish of Fish and Chips. Having grown in an era when Diego Maradona dominated world football like no other, it didn’t come as a surprise that Klopp revealed that his all-time favorite was the Argentine World Cup winner.
Possession and pressing are equally important
When questioned about footballing matters, the German seemed stumped when asked what was more important between possession and pressing. Klopp is seen as a revolutionary figure who has churned out positive results match after match with his well documented pressing tactics. Yet, he admitted that there was nothing to choose between the two as sides with possession still had to convert it into something meaningful, while pressing was an important aspect while defending.
“Both are important. You can’t ignore that the other team has the ball sometimes, so you have to find a way to defend them. And if you have the ball, you have to find a way to score, so both are very important,” said Klopp.
The German has been in the limelight this season as his side has been in good form and currently sit in the 3rd spot and behind Manchester City and Arsenal only on goal difference. With no European commitments to look forward to in the current season, he will have his eyes set on at least one piece of silverware come the end of the season.Published 26 Oct 2016, 01:07 IST