The Klopp craze

Jürgen Klopp worked wonders with one of the lowest budgets in the league at Mainz 05 before accelerating Borussia Dortmund to the summit. Three years ago, Klopp had different options on the table after leaving the club. He eventually decided to accept Liverpool’s offer. Now a German journalist has written a book about the popular coach. Having lived in Britain for more than 20 years, Raphael Honigstein is a true expert on the game.

“I’ve carried out about 40 or 50 interviews,” the author of “Ich mag, wenn’s kracht” told sports news website SPOX. Speaking about the enormous interest in Klopp as a person and manager, the writer said: “Liverpool supporters are football archaeologists. They love examining his background: where he’s from, what he’s done – and how this could affect his term at Anfield Road.”

Klopp was anything but an exceptionally talented player but he always carried out his duties well. As a coach, he prefers high-speed attacking football. Many Liverpool supporters regarded Klopp as some sort of messiah who would lift their team back to where it belonged in their opinion.

“I think that most Reds fans and club officials totally support him. (…) They realise that things are working out well. But they also understand that he needs more time,” Honigstein told SPOX, adding that he would not be surprised if Klopp – whose team will face Real Madrid in the Champions League final later this month – considered becoming a national team manager after his Liverpool assignment.

Ich mag, wenn’s kracht. Jürgen Klopp – Die Biographie
By Raphael Honigstein
Published by Ullstein (

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