Jurgen Klopp gave his first interview as Liverpool manager on Friday and said he was excited to be joining a club with so much history.
The 42-year-old German was confirmed as the new manager on Thursday by the club, taking over the reigns from Brendan Rodgers who was let go after the 1-1 draw against Everton in the Merseyside Derby on Sunday.
“It’s the biggest honour I can imagine to be here,” Klopp told liverpoolfc.com. “For me, it’s one of the biggest clubs in the world [that] has given me this opportunity to try to help in a situation that’s not so difficult like all the people in this room think. It’s not the perfect moment, of course, but I think it’s a good moment to come here. So I feel really proud.”
Klopp was asked about what the aim is for the season, as Liverpool currently sits in 10th place with 12 points, six points behind leaders Manchester City.
“For sure, the Premier League is one of the most difficult in the world, because five, six, seven clubs can be the champion,” Klopp said. “At the end, only one is the champion and all the others are disappointed and live in the middle of a ‘disaster’ or something.
“I think this is the most important moment for development and we have to develop, of course, not because of the situation now but because the situation of the last year. This is the start and this would be a good moment for a restart. In this moment nobody knows who the winner of the Premier League is but it’s only important that we play our own game, that the players feel the confidence and trust of the people.”
He also gave his initial impression of the current squad at Anfield.
“This is a great club with a really good team, great potential, fast players, strong players, good defenders, flexible, creative, everything’s there,” Klopp said. “Some players are injured, that’s normal, we really have to try and create a new way. I think this is the perfect moment to do this because now, really, everything is different. Here is the German guy, the first time, let’s try to use this because I don’t know all but I’m a pretty good listener and I want to listen now. I go to Melwood, see what will work, what doesn’t work, and everything about it, and then we play football.”
Klopp’s first game in charge will be on Oct. 17 when Liverpool travel to London to take on Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane.