Liverpool boss Jürgen Klopp joined a handful of other Premier League managers to talk about the Premier League and what the managerial job entails.
Speaking in Hong Kong during the pre-season Premier League Asia Trophy, Jürgen Klopp joined fellow Premier League managers Tony Pulis (West Brom), Craig Shakespeare (Leicester City) and Frank De Boer (Crystal Palace) to talk about the ever-changing football landscape, the life of a Premier League manager and to analyse Premier League football as a whole.
Klopp becomes particularly animated just minutes into the interview after being asked about youth development and nurturing young talent.
The German is a known advocate for developing youth as patiently as possible, preferring to utilise the U23 system as long as possible rather than simply loaning players constantly and breaking up any footballing continuity they might be afforded by playing in the youth ranks.
Klopp also highlights the lack of competition in English football’s youth ranks when compared to his home country where the “U23s play in the league one” as a huge problem in Premier League youngster’s development.
Klopp also focuses heavily on the importance of pre-season, preferring to focus on the training and making the most of the PL Asia Trophy tournament rather than simply hoping to “put on a show.”
On his new signings, Klopp explains that Salah was signed for his “speed (that) is outstanding.”
The boss explains that even with all the “technical” and “creative” players possessed by Liverpool, you need “speed” to make the tight, small areas count on the pitch while also highlighting the Egyptian being a “football smart” player.
Solanke meanwhile, despite initially being a fairly unknown quantity to Klopp, is described as “extraordinary,” with “good size, good speed, good attitude… good everything!”
The new arrival talk was less encouraging, however, with Klopp preferring to highlight his love of “consistency” and reiterating that while other clubs have made big, successful moves at the top and signed marquee players, he does not “think we have to go and sign his brother!”
Klopp also found a few seconds to comment on his title aspirations, “I’d like to but I’m not certain!”
The entire interview is an interesting watch and provides new insight into the thought processes of not just Klopp but a selection of managers hailing from all walks of footballing life.