Saturday 20 January 2018

Tomorrow's friendly with Huddersfield has a very bromantic meaning for Jurgen Klopp

Jurgen Klopp with a photo of himself and Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Credit:
Jurgen Klopp with a photo of himself and Huddersfield manager David Wagner. Credit:
Will Slattery

Will Slattery

Friendly matches are usually to be endured rather than enjoyed with players easing their way into a new pre-season but tomorrow night's clash between Liverpool and Huddersfield will have an added meaning for the two coaches involved.

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp will be going up against one of his closest friends, former team-mate David Wagner, who is now managing Huddersfield.

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Like Klopp, Wagner arrived in English football last autumn, replacing Chris Powell at the Championship club just two months after his friend's arrival at Liverpool.

The duo played together at Mainz between 1991 and 1995 before working together at Borussia Dortmund, with Klopp in charge of the first team and Wagner managing the reserve side.


The Liverpool boss is excited to go up against his 'best friend' and explained to why tomorrow's game means so much to him.

“David Wagner is one of my best friends, maybe my best friend,” Klopp said.

“We played a few years together and we didn’t only play, we celebrated a few times.

“This is David [points to a picture]. If you see him today you cannot believe that’s him and that’s me! I have a cigar in my hand but that was after the game.

“When I was in Munich I remember playing against 1860 and it was a draw and it was one of my best games for Mainz. Afterwards we went to the Oktoberfest, so it was a good night.

“We are pretty close to each other and it’s good. He’s a really good friend but more importantly for Huddersfield he is a brilliant manager. So a win-win situation.”

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