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."