Jurgen Klopp celebrates five years in charge of Liverpool today and it’s been some ride for the charismatic coach, his wealth of success coming alongside being one of football’s most celebrated and likeable figures.
On the anniversary of his appointment at Anfield, we’ve decided to look back at the colourful career of the German and revisit some of his best soundbites from years gone by..
“It’s like Harry Potter but it’s about football. There’s no Harry Potter flying on his f*cking stick – just football.” – On how football captures the imagination of children.
”I had the talent for the fifth division and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division.”
”When I left School, the head said, ‘ I hope you can do something in football because, if not, I have not the best feeling for your future.”
“When BVB last won here, most of my players were still being breastfed. We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. But then apparently Robin Hood was quite successful.” – On trying to beat Bayern Munich.
“Bayern go about football in the same way that the Chinese go about industry. They look at what the others are doing, and then they copy it with other people and more money. And then they overtake you.”
“My glasses are in the Borussia Dortmund museum. When we beat Bayern, Nuri Sahin did it. I don’t know what it looked like at the end – I lost my glasses! I have a second pair of glasses but it is hard to find them without my glasses!”
“Crazy players love me – I don’t know why.”
“We will wait for him like a good wife waiting for her husband who is in jail.” – On Mat Hummels injury.
“If it’s anyone’s fault, it’s mine. I can’t make myself shorter and learn Spanish.” – On Mario Götze choosing to join Pep Guardiola’s Bayern Munich.
“Yes, it’s true. I underwent a hair transplant. I think the results are really cool, don’t you?”
“Does anyone in this room think that I can do wonders? I’m a normal guy from the Black Forest. My mother is very proud. I am the normal one.” – At his Liverpool unveiling.
“I’m not a dreamer but I’m a romantic. I love the stories and Anfield is one of the best places in the football world. Now I’m here. I’m a lucky guy and really looking forward to the first match.” – Upon beginning life at Anfield.
“A message to those Liverpool supporters? We have to change from doubter to believer – now.”
“The team will go out and battle for you and look to represent you, the club and the city in how we approach our work: this is my commitment.” – Ahead of his first Liverpool game.
“The best band in the world. My mother said it, my father said it: Number one – The Beatles.”
“He [Arsene Wenger] likes having the ball, playing football, passes. It’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song. I like heavy metal.”
“I am not the guy who is going to go out and shout ‘we are going to conquer the world’ or something like this. But we will conquer the ball. Yeah? Each f*cking time!”
“The best word I can say to describe this is: Boom!” – On beating Man City.
“The pundits, former players most of them, forgot completely how it felt when they got criticised. Especially the Neville brothers; the one who was the manager he obviously should know that too much criticism never helps.But he is not interested in helping a Liverpool player, I can imagine. He showed he struggled with the job to judge players so why do we let him talk about players on television?” – Laying into the Neville brothers.
“These young players are our future. If we handle them like horses then we get horses.”
“We had a good plan in the first half but conceded two goals, so you can throw your plan in the purple bin.”
”I’ve met some Evertonians in the street and they’ve been friendly. I’ve had taxi drivers who have been Everton fans. They’ve been really nice. At the beginning I thought ‘okay, maybe they’re happy I’m here because they think that means Liverpool won’t have any success for the next 20 years!”
“We played against him when he was at Basel and we didn’t know him. We played with Dortmund against him and it was ‘what the f***!’” – On Mohamed Salah.
“The dream is to have a team full of ‘Scousers’. What we want to be is the sport for everybody with a Scouse soul.”
“We will use this experience together. Then someday everybody will say Basel was a very decisive moment for the wonderful future of Liverpool FC.” – On defeat to Sevilla in the 2016 Europa League final.
“I think in the last 10 years Liverpool was not part of it too often, three years ago once only maybe. We should try everything to change this, we have to make steps and the step for us to be around the best teams in the world because we are one of the best clubs.” – After securing Champions League qualification in 2016/17.
“I heard from my agent that Liverpool is interested and I felt immediately, ‘Oh God’, it’s like when I met my wife – I saw her and thought OK, I marry her and it was like that with the club. It felt right from the first moment.” – On joining Liverpool
“If someone is silly enough to want to see my face for 90 minutes during a game I cannot change the world.” On plans to start a KloppCam.
“We will go again… This team is one of the best that ever played for Liverpool, 100 per cent.” – Klopp’s rallying cry after the Reds finished as runners-up with a club-record 97 points in 2019.
“We know this club is the mix of atmosphere, emotion, desire and football quality. Cut off one and it doesn’t work – we know that. I’ve said it before. If I have to describe this club then it’s a big heart and tonight it was obviously like crazy, pounding like crazy. You could hear it and probably feel it all over the world.” – After that Champions League comeback against Barcelona at Anfield.
“I cannot really describe it because I cried a little bit as well because it’s so overwhelming what the people are doing. When you have a direct eye contact and you see how much it means to them, that’s touching, to be honest. It’s brilliant.” – During Liverpool’s parade after winning the Champions League in 2019.
“We created our own story and history and didn’t try to do what our wonderful dads and grandfathers did with this club.” – Speaking after ending Liverpool’s three decade wait for the league title.