Klopp discovered scale of task at Liverpool two DAYS after joining

‘How can it be the game’s not even started and we’re already the second best?’: Jurgen Klopp reveals he discovered the scale of the task to turn Liverpool into champions just TWO DAYS after replacing Brendan Rodgers in match against Tottenham

  • Jurgen Klopp replaced Brendan Rodgers as Liverpool boss in October 2015 
  • The German took charge of the Reds for the first time away at Tottenham
  • But Klopp realised from the warm-up that things were not as they should be 
  • The 53-year-old was speaking in a new film called The End of the Storm 

Jurgen Klopp has admitted he became aware of the size of the task to turn Liverpool into winners just two days after being appointed as boss.

Last month marked five years since the German was brought in to replace Brendan Rodgers, and he has gone on to lead the club to domestic and European silverware with the 2019 Champions League title and last season’s Premier League.

But the current side is far superior to the one the former Borussia Dortmund man inherited more than half a decade ago, with the side 10th and floundering in the league when he took over.

Jurgen Klopp (second from left) has admitted he became aware of the size of the task to turn Liverpool into winners in his first game as boss away at Tottenham (above)

Klopp has gone on to turn Liverpool into Champions League and Premier League winners

And speaking in a new film about Liverpool’s title-winning season – The End Of The Storm – Klopp immediately realised in a goalless draw away at Tottenham – his first game in charge – that things had to change immediately, but denied that he was ‘a control freak’. 

‘I always watch the other team warming up,’ Klopp said. ‘Tottenham, they were good looking, dark blue training kit, organised. Harry Kane, Dele Alli. Everything looked set. Then you turn around, and wow! We all looked like Captain Picard!

‘Wrong sizes, they didn’t fit really the players. I was not happy. I thought, how can it be the game’s not even started and we’re already the second best? 

Last month marked five years since the German succeeded Brendan Rodgers as manager

‘The next day I asked for a meeting and said what can we change immediately because I really think these things are important. I’m not a control freak, I just think things should happen in a specific way.’

Klopp’s current outfit however are renowned for the relentless pressure they put on opposition defences with their high press and devastating pace whether protecting their own goal or trying to score in the other.

But despite the physical exertion of Klopp’s demanding style of play, the 53-year-old insists that his system saves energy and does not requires the intensity that appears to be the fundamental from the outside. 

‘You don’t have to be fitter to play for Liverpool,’ he added. ‘You just have to be fit and to fit our plan. And our game is not actually as intense as it looks. We do the things we do to save energy. 

And he realised with how his side at the time warmed up at Spurs that change was needed

‘Winning the ball back immediately is a two or three-yard sprint. If you don’t win the ball there, 10 players have to run 50 or 60 yards to win the ball, it’s much more exhausting.

‘Even when we are attacking we need to have players who are ready to defend. Because the only time in life when you can feel free is when you have protection.’

No side in the Premier League was able to come close to threatening the Anfield club’s bid to win their first league title in 30 years, but the season did not pass by without external hiccups.

Liverpool were 25 points clear at the top of the table after beating Bournemouth on March 7, before the realisation that football would have to be shutdown due to the outbreak of the coronavirus pandemic.

Klopp also insisted his players do not need to be fitter than other teams and claimed his pressing style up the pitch saves energy

The Reds’ final match before lockdown was a shock Champions League defeat at home to Atletico Madrid, with Klopp critical of Diego Simeone’s set-up after their 3-2 defeat.

But he again insisted that fans travelling to the game from Spain made no sense, and that he let his anger about Atletico’s style of play distract him from the bigger picture. 

‘I woke up Monday morning [March 9] and heard about Madrid closing schools and universities. We had an incredibly important Champions League game against Atlético. And we had five to six thousand people from Madrid coming to the game tomorrow. That made absolutely no sense.

‘It was very difficult that night to prepare a football game, to ask the players to do everything to win it, without knowing what will happen the day after.

‘I remember I was really angry about the way Atlético Madrid played. But five minutes later after I did all my interviews I thought: ‘What an idiot are you, you worry about losing a football game but the world is in a most difficult place ever.’

Klopp also spoke about the outbreak of the pandemic and how his anger at Atletico Madrid’s style of play in March distracted him from the bigger picture

The End Of The Storm is released on Digital, Blu Ray and DVD on Monday 30th November. Pre-order at endofthestorm.film




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