Jurgen Klopp has said that he won’t be eating cake on his anniversary as Liverpool boss as there is no time for such liberties.
It’s almost a year since Jurgen Klopp took over as Liverpool manager after Brendan Rodgers was released. The Ulsterman left Liverpool tenth in the league but it wasn’t his final draw with Everton that sparked the decision to give him his marching orders. Rather, it was due to a continual inability to change things in his tenure as Liverpool boss.
Klopp has brought ceaseless energy to both on-field displays as well as manic touchline reactions, and his high-pressing style of play has taken the league by storm despite doubts over whether or not he could cope in the Premier League.
Last season, despite limited resources and not having changed his squad in a big way, Klopp took Liverpool to two cup finals and was hugely unlucky not to come away with at least one winners medal.
A year on and Liverpool are fourth in the league and look likely to mount a challenge on the Premier League title.
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While most supporters find this as a cause to celebrate, Klopp has said that he doesn’t have time for ‘this shit.’
“I have no time, and I am not in the mood for reflection, to be honest,” Klopp said, when asked about the anniversary. “It’s a year, I’m a year older and all this shit, but everything else is good. Not perfect, but in a good way. That’s what we hoped, that’s what we said.
“It’s a year, I’m a year older and all this shit, but everything else is good. Not perfect, but in a good way. That’s what we hoped, that’s what we said.”
I don’t know what it is, maybe it’s because I went to a Catholic high school, but I love it when Klopp swears.
Our brilliant manager continued, “After one year standing here, we can talk like this. There was doubt, there was a lot of rumour around me. People said: ‘Obviously he was a good coach at Dortmund but a German managing here doesn’t work’ – things like this. That’s better now.
“But the thing is, I’m not here for a year, I’m here hopefully for the long term and it means that we have to use all the information we have until now and learn from it. That’s how life works, collecting experience, learning from it and being ready for the next challenge. My year is what, the 8th of October? We will not celebrate, I can tell you that – hopefully, nobody brings me a cake!”
If Klopp doesn’t want the beautiful cake that I’ve baked then I’ll have to eat it all on my own then. But in all seriousness, he’s right. A year on and there has been great progress, but the fact that Liverpool lost two cup finals in one season suggests that there is still work to be done.
And who better to do it than Jurgen f*ucking Klopp?