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Jürgen Klopp in Liverpool: "A fantastic, normal life"

Jürgen Klopp leaves his mark in Liverpool. Not only in the media, which received him as a savior and enjoyed his sayings, or on the pitch where his team began to implement what the German master coach had in mind.

No, even a pub near the legendary Anfield Road is now named after him. In the basement of "Klopp's Boot Room" the cabin of the Reds is modeled on, Klopp grins from picture frames and posters.

On Wednesday, the 48-year-old reported in detail on the progress of his team on the artificial turf at Melwood Training Ground. The press conference had to take place in a football hall because the usual press room was too small.

"We have been together for six months. That means we can call up our services more consistently," said Klopp. "Every opponent would have liked to play against us a few months ago." Probably also Borussia Dortmund.

Arrived in Liverpool not just football

Jürgen Klopp also feels at home in the city of the Beatles in his private life. When he holds his nose to the wind in the dunes of Formby and walks his dog Emma on the squirrel path, the bushes still rustle - but now only because animals are moving there. "Fortunately, the hype is not as big as it was at the beginning, when the paparazzi were waiting for me everywhere," reports Klopp, he leads a "fantastic, relatively normal life" in the nearby town on the Irish Sea.

Newspapers write of darts and pub evenings at the Cross House Inn, where the fire crackles and rusty brown "Old Speckled Hen" is served for £ 2.50 a pint on Mondays. Klopp lives in the house of his predecessor Brendan Rodgers, who is almost forgotten.

Liverpool, one of the great myths of football, and Klopp, one of the most emotional coaches seem to fit. He has settled in with the Reds - even musically: A few weeks ago the Helene Fischer fan came to the press conference in a Beatles shirt. The journalists were delighted, they could fire off all their puns with the "Fab Four".

More than the laying on of hands is necessary

Klopp's successes are (still) clear, but that is not or only partly due to "Jurgen". He had a tactical influence, every taxi driver raves about the new style. Structurally he has not yet been able to change much. He will not move the team's scaffolding until the summer, when Joel Matip from Schalke 04 will join the team.

The cult around Klopp, his glasses, his language ("This is not a wish concert") is unbroken - despite the knowledge that a trainer is only a trainer, not a sorcerer. He says it has long been noticed on Merseyside that "simply the laying on of hands does nothing".