Why Jürgen Klopp is Already One of the Greatest German Managers (Part 2)

Klopp led Dortmund to the 2013 Champions League final but, just as they performed in the Bundesliga, they were defeated by Bayern Munich. And, over the next two years, they would struggle to win over their domestic rivals, who by then were coached by Pep Guardiola.

Leaving in 2015, Klopp soon worked at Liverpool, leading the English club to the League Cup and the Europa League within his first seven months at Anfield.

One of the most important elements contributed to Klopp’s achievements at Mainz, Dortmund and even Liverpool has been his ability to build connection among his teams and supporters in a way no others could. With a loud laugh and a remarkable glint in his eye, his charm seduces all fans and doubters. And, addition to that, his strong passion on the touchline plays as a constant reminder of just how meaningful his team is to him.

That passion and charm motivates his treatment of players, too. Klopp’s ability to grow young talent was remarkable at Dortmund, where Hummels, Lewandowski, Gotze, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Marco Reus all benefited from his presence. And, since coming to Liverpool, his goal, strategies, tactical instruction and post-match motivation have inspired strong commitment from his players, building a togetherness that is the envy of other clubs.

However, but-in from players is vital to Klopp not only from a human management point of view, but to implement his aggressive, relentless strategy and vision. In an interview with the Guardian in 2013, he described his style as fighting football.

The style of fighting play associated with Klopp has strong influence from Wolfgang Frank, his manager at Mainz between 1995 and 1997 and a man who played a critical part in inspiring zonal, four-man defence and high pressing football to German club. Talking about the impact that Frank had on him and his future managerial career, Klopp said it’s like a real average team.