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Watch Jurgen Klopp's first press conference as Liverpool manager: I'm the Normal One

Published 09/10/2015

New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp insists he is 'the Normal One' and is not setting out to join the ranks of Anfield greats.

In a direct response to a question about Jose Mourinho's 'Special One' quip when he arrived for his first spell with Chelsea, the self-deprecating German played down his reputation as one of Europe's leading coaches.

However, he then proceeded to ambitiously set himself the target of winning the Premier League title within four years.

Klopp's arrival as Brendan Rodgers' replacement is a real coup for owners Fenway Sports Group and fans are already hailing it as the beginning of a great new era - something the new boss was keen to temper.

"I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. I don't compare myself with these genius managers from the past," he told a packed press conference.

"Not one of these great managers said in his first press conference 'my target is I want to be a legend at the end of my time here'.

"This is a great club because of many good decisions in the past, good players, brilliant players, now we have to work in the present.

"Twenty-five years ago (Liverpool's last title) is a long time. In this time all people have tried to get better, to improve, to take the next title.

"But history is only the base for us. It is all the people are interested in but you don't take history in your backpack and carry it with you for 25 years.

"We can wait for it but I don't want to say we can wait 20 years.

Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan:
Signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan: "Mkhitaryan fits us like an arse on a bucket. What he offers is exactly what we need."
On his wife's books: "She wrote a book for children. It's like Harry Potter - but it's about football. There's no Harry Potter flying on his f****** stick - just football."
His singing skills on the team bus: "I couldn't have been a rock star, although I do sing Country Road very loudly on the PlayStation karaoke game."
What he told his players after a poor first half: "I told my players during the break: Since we're here anyway, we might actually play a bit of football."
Are players banned from having sex before matches? "My players sleep in double rooms the night before the match. I hope that nothing happens."
To a rival Schalke fan on the secret of winning the Bundesliga: "How do you explain to a blind person what colour is?"
Borussia Dortmund's rivalry with Bayern Munich: "We have a bow and arrow and if we aim well, we can hit the target. The problem is that Bayern has a bazooka. The probability that they will hit the target is clearly higher. But then Robin Hood was apparently quite successful."
On his playing career: "I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain. I had the talent for the fifth division, and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."
On Bayern: "They are like the Chinese in the business world. They look at what others are doing and copy it, just with more money."
Losing the 2013 Champions League final: "The only thing I can say is that it was great. London is the town of the Olympic Games. The weather was good, everything is OK. Only the result is s***."
On having had a hair transplant: "Yes, it's true. I underwent a hair transplant. And I think the results are really cool, don't you?"
On being sent to the stands: "I'm a bit proud of my first red card as coach. I approached the fourth official and said 'How many mistakes are allowed here? If it is 15 then you have one more.'"

"If we sit here in four years I think we'll have won one title - I'm pretty sure."

While Klopp has set himself that ambitious target, he was keen not to overburden his new squad - of which he is confident provide him with most of the tools to do his job - with that expectation.

After enjoying an unprecedented run of success from the 1970s right through to 1990, Reds fans are desperate to end their title drought and believe Klopp is the man to do it.



The German wants to harness that hope and optimism to push the team forward but insists it will take time to turn around things at a club which has finished second just three times in 24 years.

"This is one of the biggest problems you have here, maybe on the island (the UK)," he added.

"For sure the Premier League is one of the most difficult leagues because five, six, seven clubs can be the champion and at the end only the one can be the champion and all the others are disappointed.

Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC as he stands alongside Tom Werner (l) the chairman and Ian Ayre (r) the chief executive during a photocall at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC as he stands alongside Tom Werner (l) the chairman and Ian Ayre (r) the chief executive during a photocall at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp (L) walks on the pitch with Liverpool's chairman Tom Werner (R obscured) and managing director Ian Ayre (C) after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) talks on the pitch with Liverpool's chairman Tom Werner (R) and managing director Ian Ayre (L) after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp poses with a team jersey after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
LIVERPOOL, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 09: Jurgen Klopp at Anfield is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC as he stands alongside Tom Werner (l) the chairman and Ian Ayre (r) the chief executive during a photocall at Anfield on October 9, 2015 in Liverpool, England. (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp (R) talks during a press conference with Liverpool's managing director Ian Ayre (L) to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) poses on the pitch next to Liverpool's chairman Tom Werner (R) and managing director Ian Ayre (L) after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp poses on the pitch after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp poses with a team jersey after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp (C) poses on the pitch next to Liverpool's chairman Tom Werner (R) and managing director Ian Ayre (L) after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
Liverpool's new German manager Jurgen Klopp poses on the pitch after a press conference to announce his new appointment at Anfield in Liverpool, northwest England, on October 9, 2015. Klopp described his job as "the biggest challenge" in world football on October 9 following his appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers. Former Borussia Dortmund head coach Klopp, 48, was appointed on October 8 on a three-year contract following the dismissal of Rodgers, who was sacked October 4 after three and a half years at the club. AFP PHOTO / PAUL ELLIS RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE. No use with unauthorized audio, video, data, fixture lists, club/league logos or 'live' services. Online in-match use limited to 75 images, no video emulation. No use in betting, games or single club/league/player publications.PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images
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"The most important thing for the development is the start. This would be a really good moment for a restart.

"It is only important we play our own game, let the players feel the confidence and the trust of the people.

"They have to think they can reach the expectations of all the people, of all the fans, of the press.

"If someone wants to help Liverpool they have to change from doubters to believers.

"We have to start anew and see what happens this year."

Predecessor Brendan Rodgers spent almost £300million in just over three years and many of his signings were criticised for not being up to scratch.

Klopp, however, has a different view.

"We have to change our performance of course because no-one is satisfied at this moment but stop thinking about money (spent)," he said.

"It is only about football. If you want to enjoy the game you have to prepare for this.

"If you come to the stadium you want to see fighting spirit, many sprints, many shots and if you see this."

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