Jurgen Klopp has revealed how he realised the scale of the challenge he faced as Liverpool manager in the warm-up of his first game against Tottenham.
Klopp was appointed as Liverpool boss in October 2015, replacing Brendan Rodgers at Anfield.
In a new film, The End of the Storm, which chronicles Liverpool’s title-winning season, Klopp speaks out on the challenge of turning the Reds from nearly men to a dominant force in Europe once again.
And the scale of that task hit home just two days after he had taken charge, in the warm-up of the away game against Spurs.
“I always watch the other team warming up,” Klopp said. “Tottenham, they were good looking, dark blue training kit, organised. Harry Kane, Dele Alli. Everything looked set. Then you turn around, and wow. We all looked like Captain Picard.
“Wrong sizes, they didn’t fit really the players. I was not happy. I thought, how can it be the game’s not even started and we’re already the second best? The next day I asked for a meeting and said what can we change immediately because I really think these things are important. I’m not a control freak, I just think things should happen in a specific way.”
The End of the Storm is released on Digital, Blu Ray and DVD on Monday 30 November.
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