Joker, thinker, friend, dictator: the many faces of Jürgen Klopp

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As Liverpool’s manager prepares to face Real Madrid, Donald McRae reflects on the Klopp he knows – and how calm is key

Jürgen Klopp knew we had met before but, at Liverpool’s training ground last month, he could not recall the exact setting of our first interview. The answer made him groan. Five years ago this month in Dortmund, 10 days before the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley, Klopp had been in a sparkling mood. As he prepared to lead Borussia Dortmund against Bayern Munich in an all-German battle for European football’s greatest prize, he offered engaging insights into his managerial style while urging the neutral fan to support his team.

“If you want the new story, the special story, it must be Dortmund,” Klopp said. “You have to be on our side.”

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Written by Donald McRae
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