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- Jürgen Klopp’s extraordinary competitiveness is laid bare in a new biography by German football expert Raphael Honigstein.
- In “Klopp: Bring The Noise,” Honigstein says the Liverpool manager is “a sports nut” who “just wants to win.”
- In the book, Honigstein recalls an incident when Klopp playfully slapped a player to goad a goal out of him during a family five-a-side game on a Turkish beach.
Liverpool manager Jürgen Klopp is a “sports nut” who has an extraordinary competitive streak, according to his biographer Raphael Honigstein.
That desire to win is laid bare in Honigstein’s latest book, “Klopp: Bring The Noise.”
Honigstein gathered stories from Klopp’s family and the people he works with (and used to work with) to help craft a picture of who he is as a man and as a manager.
“They were generous with their stories,” Honigstein told Business Insider. “It’s hard to say I was surprised with any of it.”
Asked to isolate an anecdote that helps summarise Klopp’s attitude to football coaching, Honigstein pointed to a family holiday where Klopp coached a five-a-game side on a Turkish beach where “all coolness” went out the window.
Here’s what the book says:
“On a family holiday in Turkey a couple of years ago, [Eintracht Amateure striker Sven] Müller was playing in a five-a-side team with Klopp’s sons, Marc and Dennis. Klopp himself was injured but coached the team with real passion, giving detailed instructions from the sidelines. ‘I had to go off because it was extremely hot and I’m quite old,’ Müller recalls. ‘I think we were narrowly in the lead. Kloppo, in his inimitable style, came up to and slapped me softly across the face. ‘You will score one more goal, you’ll score one more!’ he told me. I went back on and did indeed score one more.'”
What’s more, the team Klopp coached on that holiday ended up winning.
“He’s got this doggedness when it comes to winning football games,” Honigstein wrote. “Even when it’s just for fun on a beach somewhere. He cannot help himself.”
He added to BI: “It was just a nothing game, on the sand. I can vividly see him doing that.
“He’s a sports nut. He’s just wants to win everything.”