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Jürgen Klopp: A Living Legend

Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp was recently named the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year, thus capping off one of the most successful campaigns of his life. After finishing with a record 97 points in the Premier League and capturing the Champions League, a trophy that has eluded him his entire career, Jürgen Klopp finally has the hardware to back up what everybody already knew: The charismatic German is one of the best coaches in the history of the game.

After collecting the well-deserved award, Klopp wrote a fascinating essay for The Players’ Tribune after the ceremony. In the personal piece, he reveals his love for cinema–the Rocky movies in particular–and how being humble has helped him reach the pinnacle of his career.

The Journey to the Top

The 52-year-old was always destined for the top. In his first managerial gig, he gained promotion to the Bundesliga for the first time in Mainz’s club history. At Dortmund, Klopp won the Bundesliga twice. At his unveiling as the new Liverpool coach, he promised to turn doubters into believers. He held his promise. After plenty of nearly there moments, Klopp finally led Liverpool to European glory. Jürgen Klopp took a mid-table Liverpool side and turned them into a behemoth reminiscent of teams of the days of Shankly, Paisley, and Dalglish.

The Man Manager

In his TPT essay, Klopp recalls the moment where he told his Dortmund players about Rocky… and nobody knew who he was talking about. He likened this embarrassment to the failures one experiences in soccer. Despite all of the disappointing setbacks, large and small, he remained positive throughout his career, leading him to where he is today. Klopp is known for being one of the best men and managers around. One of the German’s greatest strengths is his ability to put his trust in others, specifically his staff and players.

Klopp made sure to thank his players, his family, and everyone around him. That is the sort of man Jürgen Klopp is: Humble and adored by even the most cynical of individuals. He is one of the greatest coaches in the history of the sport. Jürgen Klopp is a living legend.

Illustration by @jamieorrell

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