Okay, I’ll just come out and say it:
How COOL is Jurgen Klopp?
From the moment he strolled into the press conference as he was unveiled as Liverpool manager to the moment it ended with one of his well known smiles, the German charmed, entertained and reassured in equal measure.
It was not a press conference with the arrogance and bluster of a Mourinho; not the pig-headedness of a Ferguson; rather it was the smooth and silky performance of a man who is comfortable with the media and comfortable enough in his own skin to say exactly what he thinks.
What was perhaps most impressive was his seemingly unconcerned approach to Liverpool’s current league position.
Whilst appreciating that Liverpool were not currently in ‘the best moment’, he also acknowledged that the Reds are still only six points off league leaders Man City; and he seemed to exude supreme confidence in his ability to turn things around.
For Liverpool fans, Klopp’s introduction couldn’t have gone much better, and they will no doubt be supremely excited about the former Borussia Dortmund boss’ preferred style of play, described by Klopp himself as, “Very fast and very strong. My teams must play at full throttle”.
For non-Liverpool fans, Klopp’s arrival in the Premier League is both a delight and a curse.
Of course, it remains to be seen whether the German will be a success, but if Klopp’s confidence is anything to go by, it may not be long before we start to see some much-improved performances from the red half of Merseyside. Those who have enjoyed Liverpool’s demise under Brendan Rodgers will no doubt be hoping that Klopp’s confidence is misplaced.
But whether you like Liverpool or not, the fact of the matter is that it has to be refreshing to see Klopp arrive.
Not only did he tackle the media with consummate ease, seeming completely comfortable in his own skin as he did so, the reality is that the German has proved himself to be capable of managing teams not just to success, but success whilst playing scintillating football.
It is true that his star did rather fade at Dortmund but – on a shoestring budget – the manager outdid any expectation on him by some distance, and over the last few years, only Barcelona, Real Madrid and Bayern Munich have been on a par with the football Dortmund played during their period on top.
If you can’t tell, I’m more than a little bit excited about Klopp’s arrival. Whether Liverpool’s fortunes suddenly flip is kind of by the by for me – I’m just looking forward to seeing a talented, confident manager playing a stylish brand of football.