Laughing, swearing, pithy sayings, broad grin, rhetorical. Sometimes angry, sometimes enthusiastic, but always with passion. All of these are Jürgen Klopp’s trademarks. There is no other successful soccer coach on this planet who has been able to break down entire interviews with casual, funny statements for almost two decades now. When it came to the possible overload of football professionals, “The Normal One” hacked out the following: “That is like a bullock, you can tell a microwave.” The reading is up to everyone. When he returned to Germany with Liverpool for the first time, it was the Europa League guest appearance at FC Augsburg, he asked for pretzels in the team hotel. “So that the boys can have a decent dinner, because they don’t have pretzels in England,” as the Swabian-born remarked.
Klopp would have been champion in England with Liverpool these days, for the club’s first title in the Premier League, which was founded in 1992. As is well known, the Coronavirus interrupted the season suddenly. In this currently thoroughly dreary time, a few memories of the funniest quotes from the Liverpool coach come just right: Clear the stage for the “Top of the Klopps”!
5th place: “I had the talent for the 5th division and the head for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division.”
Jürgen Klopp actually played 325 times in the 2. Bundesliga in his eleven years at FSV Mainz 05, often against relegation from the 2nd Bundesliga, but always managed to stay in the league with the club. As a player, Kloppo has never been able to play in the Bundesliga.
4th place: “I usually have second glasses, but I haven’t been able to find them because it is quite difficult to find glasses without glasses.”
When Liverpool won 5:4 at Norwich in 2016, the glasses of coach Jürgen Klopp (48) broke while cheering with the players. Forward Christian Benteke jumped on his arms a little too wildly. Klopp: “Christian doesn’t have to pay for the repair of the old couple.”
3rd place: “It’s not a wish concert”
After Klopp in England already caused a laugh with the rather unfortunate translation of the German phrase “This is not a dream concert”, he was visibly pleased to be able to speak in German at the following press conference. “I can think and speak German without having to translate it. The translator has to do that.” However, the interpreter also messed it up and stammered something from“ dreamland” in Klopp’s phrase “Die Trauben hängen hoch („The grapes hang high”). Klopp: “And that is translated as ‘dreamland’? I’ll find the right translation until next time. “
2nd place: “How should I explain to a blind person what color is?”
In summer 2011, after Klopp’s first championship with BVB, he was asked by a S04 supporter at a press conference how it worked to become a German champion. Klopp’s spontaneous reaction was quick-witted as usual.
1st place: “I will never be able to drown myself down to this level!”
After the European Championship in 2012, the DFB team had a lot of headwind from the press. However, Klopp was little able to win criticism of the national team and supplemented his smug statement with the words “Jogi Löw: 15 games in a row, world record. And then you ask if he can still stay? That’s mustard.”