Monday 21 August 2017

VIDEO: 'I'm not the Special One... I'm the Normal One' - New Liverpool Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield
Jurgen Klopp is unveiled as the new manager of Liverpool FC during a press conference at Anfield

Carl Markham

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.

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

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