Mainz, Dortmund, Liverpool. Wherever Jurgen Klopp manages, he improves the team. Now the German has revealed the secret to his success.
Liverpool are firmly on course to finish in the top four for the second successive season, which would be the first time they have managed that since the 2008/9 season. Klopp has also guided Liverpool to the Champions League quarter-finals, where they have the unenviable task of trying to defeat Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
While he hasn’t yet added a trophy to the Anfield trophy room, but he certainly has improved them as a team, and speaking in an interview with the Telegraph, he has revealed that teamwork is the key to his success:
“That’s how I understand football. You want to be part of a team, behave like part of a team,” said Klopp
“You can’t have all the benefits of being part of a team and then behave like a single star. If you want to do that, play darts.
“The main thing in the game is to make each other stronger. That is how I understand life but in a football team it is especially like that. Help your mate to be the best he can be and he will help you to be the best.
“Being selfish is always easier than being unselfish. It’s a double-job, caring about yourself and another. Only from outside do people think ‘He’s so big, you cannot tell him anything’. There’s no player in the world like that.”
However, he did suggest that there was one player who would perhaps be an exception to that rule:
“’Ahem, Leo (Lionel Messi), we have Getafe on Saturday, if you were able to play that would be nice.’ All the rest, they have to train, they want to train, they love the game.”