Speaking to Liverpool’s official website, Jurgen Klopp said that his inability to master the Scouse dialect means he will never speak like a local.
Klopp has been Liverpool manager for little over a year and few can argue how perfect the German is for the job. His suitability to be the big boss extends further than his footballing excellence but how he blends with Liverpool’s working class community. There is one thing that makes him stick out, though, his accent.
Hailing from Glatten near Stuttgart in Germany, Klopp has a thick accent which is clearly resistant to the unique phonetics of Scouse.
“I don’t have to [speak in Scouse],” he told Liverpool’s official website.
“It’s good for me because I am not good in it, but I understand much better because a few of our kit men are completely Scouse and talk to me like I am a Scouser.
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“Unfortunately I am not and so it is really difficult and I don’t use it, but meanwhile I understand a lot.
“I have to use English all the time so other people can understand me, but you need to be a Scouser to speak Scouse – and this needs a long time to become a Scouser.
“I am used to speaking with strange dialects because where I am from, the dialect in the Black Forest is stranger than Scouse.
“I am used to it, but not very good in it!”
If Klopp suddenly began speaking like a local, I can’t imagine it would impress many people and it doesn’t need to as his natural similarity with the people of Liverpool has been enough to convince an entire football population that he is the man to return the club to the heights that it is globally renowned for.
Liverpool is joint top of the league with Arsenal and Manchester City on 20 points. Very few people really believed that the Reds were capable of the form that has been on show so far and yet it seems that Klopp’s side is truly capable of a title challenge.
Scouse speaking or not, Jurgen Klopp is taking Liverpool places and I couldn’t be more excited. He’s boss.
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