Jurgen Klopp has avoided giving himself a Jose Mourinho -esque build-up to life at Liverpool by labelling himself ‘The Normal One’ – but expects to win a league title in four years.
Klopp was speaking to the media for the first time since being unveiled as the new Reds boss and avoided putting labels on himself, by insisting that he is the “normal one”.
After overwhelming success at Borussia Dortmund, Klopp has arrived at Anfield with a wealth of expectation surrounding his appointment.
Although he is determined to succeed, he insists that he is just a normal person, but one with big expectations.
He said: “I don’t want to describe myself. Does anyone in this room think I can do wonders? I’m a normal guy. I’m the normal one.”
But he continued: “Please give us time to work on it. Please be patient. I don’t say we have to wait 20 years, in four years I hope to win one title.”
Klopp insists that he has joined one of the biggest clubs in world football and believes that the ‘love story’ surrounding the club makes it an attractive prospect to take them back to the top.
He said: “I’m not a dreamer but I’m a football romantic and I love all the stories about this – Anfield is one of the best places for this.
“Now I’m here, I’m a really lucky guy. I’m looking forward to the first training, the first match. I’m relaxed, I’m prepared.
“Of course it’s surreal. But I don’t care about things too much here.
“I’m really a normal football manager. Of course some things are different [in England] but I’m prepared.”
In order to earn success, Klopp will likely have to continue spending the Fenway Sports Group’s millions on new signings.
But the reigns of Roy Hodgson, Kenny Dalglish and Brendan Rodgers were littered with disappointing arrivals and that is something Klopp will want to get right.
The 48-year-old says that he has been promised control of the transfers.