New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp is wasting no time to give the media some excellent quotes to work with during his first day at work.
Klopp, 48, was unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool Football Club on Thursday and held his first press conference the following day. The outspoken German is always good for a quote, and he gave reporters a lot to work with right off the bat.
“I am not the guy who is going to go out and shout: ‘We are going to conquer the world!’ or something like this, Klopp said. But we will conquer the ball, each fucking time. We will chase the ball. We will run more, fight more.”
“The only thing I need is players that want to help the team. They have to listen to what I say.
“That is very important because I believe it is better to have 11 players do the same thing wrong than everybody doing what they want. We have to do it one way and that is my way. Now we cannot talk about football philosophy and ball possession, playing like Barcelona, playing like whoever. No, this team needs to create their own style.
“If you have the ball you have to be creative but you have to be prepared that if you lose the ball the counter-pressing is very important.
“It is very important in football. It is not a proposal, it is law.
“You have to do it and you will. That is what we all have to learn, maybe. I’m only interested in 100% of each player. Now we have to work on that.”
Klopp’s first game in charge at Liverpool will be next weekend when the Reds travel to London to meet up with Tottenham Hotspur.