There are few bigger personalities in the dugouts of world football than Jürgen Klopp. The beaming German gaffer is known worldwide for his gregarious personality and heartwarming hugs. Rugby World Cup winning captain Siya Kolisi described meeting Jürgen Klopp as a “highlight”.
Over in the world of the wrong shaped ball, South Africa lifted the Rugby World Cup in Japan in November. The Springboks defeated England with ease in the final. South Africa captain Siya Kolisi met Jürgen Klopp after the win and he was starstruck to say the least. Kolisi told Sky Sports News:
“This was one of the highlights. He is such an amazing human being and I understand why the boys play so hard for him. He came and greeted every single person at the table and spoke to me for over 40 minutes. When I saw him I fell off my chair! Everyone around me didn’t understand but I’ve got huge respect for him. He said he knew who I was and that he watched the final.”
What RTK has to say
The comments that Siya Kolisi has made about Jürgen Klopp speak volumes about both parties.
The fact that the South African sees meeting the German as a highlight of winning the World Cup is testament to the impact that Jürgen has had on Reds fans and sport in general. Kolisi’s remarks show that the infectious, inspiring personality of the boss is immediately evident.
The coach wanting to meet the rugby player is also evidence of the enormity of the Springbok’s achievement, as well as showing the respect that the boss has for sporting greats.
If you want to succeed in football you can learn a lot from the personalities and habits of heroes from other sports. Klopp being an admirer of Kolisi shows that he is appreciative of what can be gained by following other sports.