Shinji Kagawa is one of the best players in the world and he now plays 20 minutes at Manchester United – on the left wing! My heart breaks. Really, I have tears in my eyes. Central midfield is Shinji’s best role. He’s an offensive midfielder with one of the best noses for goal I ever saw.”
– Klopp weeps at how Manchester United used the former Dortmund hero in the Premier League, and pays tribute to his nose.
“It’s absolutely normal that people go different ways. At 18 I wanted to see the whole world. But I am only in Mainz and Dortmund since then and … [Klopp laughs] it’s not the middle of the world. It’s OK that they want to go to different places. But they get there and, shit, it’s not the same. Look, you work for the Guardian, and sometimes you see your colleagues and think: ‘Oh no, the same old thing every day.’ Maybe you want to go to the Sun? More money, less work. More photographs, [fewer] words.”
– Klopp’s response when asked about the loss of Mario Götze to Bayern Munich, while revealing his knowledge of UK tabloids.
“She (his wife) wrote a book for children. It’s like Harry Potter – but it’s about football. There’s no Harry Potter flying on his fucking stick – just football.”
– Telling it as it is (above quotes via interview with The Guardian, here)
“I got more in life than I was ever supposed to get – family, money, football. None of my teachers, or my parents, ever believed this would happen to me. So how can this perfect life of mine be spoilt because they take our players?
– Refusing to let the sale of his star players get to him. Or is he?
“My whole life as an adult Alex Ferguson was coach of Manchester United. I only know this club with him as a coach. It’s unbelievable what he’s done. I never had the time, nor the possibility to go to Manchester United and watch training. I worked as a coach and never had the time to go see what others are doing. It’s one of the biggest stories in the history of football. I don’t think anyone will ever do that again. He’s a great manager and really it’s not possible to do twice what he did there. Or something similar.
– His view on former Manchester United manager Alex Ferguson.
”’The dressing room here is not too big, this room is bigger than it, maybe we should change”
-On Exeter’s facilities while conducting his pre-match interview – in a tea room
“I show my team very often Barcelona but not the way they play. Just the way they celebrate goals. Goal no 5768 in the last few weeks and they go ‘Yeeeess’ like they never scored a goal. This is what I love about football. That’s what you have to feel all the time. Until you die. And then everything is OK.”
– How Klopp motivates his teams (above quotes via The Sun, here)
“We want to fight for our life,” he says. “We want to make our parents proud. We want to do everything we can do to win this final. If we win, we are not best team in the world – but we beat the best team in world!”
– Via The Daily Telegraph, here
”Hamstring is the shit word of the year for me”
-Liverpool’s injury crisis wasn’t popular in the German’s household
”Exeter did really well & there were a few parts where they played football – maybe they knew parts of the pitch they could play on!”
Jurgen grew up in the Black Forest, but was still gazumped by a League Two pitch…