I am the Normal One: Jurgen Klopp
New Liverpool boss plays down comparisons with Chelsea’s Mourinho, nicknamed 'The Special One'
Liverpool: New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp described himself as 'The Normal One' as he faced the media for the first time yesterday following his appointment as successor to Brendan Rodgers.
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho famously described himself as 'a special one' in his first press conference in English football in 2004, earning him the nickname 'The Special One'.
Liverpool’s new manager Jurgen Klopp poses with a team jersey at Anfield yesterday. Pic/AFP
But Klopp, 48, told a packed room of journalists at Anfield: "I don’t want to describe myself. I'm a totally normal guy. I’m the Normal One."
The former Borussia Dortmund head coach was appointed on Thursday on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked last Sunday after three and a half years at the club.
"I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I don’t compare myself with genius managers in this club’s history," added Klopp, who led Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and a Champions League final appearance.
"It’s cool that you’re looking for that, but it’s not my part to think about that. I don’t think any manager starts by saying that they want to be a legend. I was a very, very average player."
I don't want to describe myself. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? No. I am a totally normal guy. I am the Normal One
— On himself
Of course it is surreal. I have to accept it. I woke up this morning and I was manager of Liverpool FC. I am prepared but of course this is absolutely crazy what has happened
— On becoming Liverpool manager
I've been given this opportunity to try to help in a situation that is not so difficult as all the people in this room feel
— On the task facing him
You have to change from doubters to believers. We have to start anew and see what happens this year
— On his message to players and fans
I had a normal holiday. I am 48 and most of the time in my life I had no money to take a holiday and then I had no time. Then I had four months. I played a lot of tennis, watched football all over the world. Of course I thought I had until next year
— On what he did since leaving Borussia Dortmund in May