Klopp: When we first met, I thought he was a rapper
One of the best football experts in the world, Jürgen Klopp, admitted, among other things, that his first date with an otherwise remarkable Senegalese striker, Sadi Mane, was anything but ordinary.
Being a fun-loving and relaxed 52-year-old German strategist at a temporary job in Liverpool has proven many times in his rich coaching career. Last but not least, Jurgen Klopp’s press conferences ahead of the English National Championships and the Champions League are a real event for the release, not just a formal performance of duty from either side.
One of the latest interesting anecdotes from a charismatic football expert from Stuttgart is related to a member of his Anfield team, the brilliant striker Sadi Mane, whose professional career first crossed with Klopp years ago when he was the first coach of Dortmund Borussia and the second a member of the Austrian Red Bull Salzburg.
“We met Sadi (Mane, op. P.) For the first time years ago in Dortmund. I remember very well, as if it was yesterday that he wore a baseball cap with a visor, which by the way he still has today. In the first for a moment he acted like a real gangster, a rapper … I thought, ‘I don’t have time for that.’ Although they wanted to buy it in Borussia, I was not sure of it myself. Because our team at that time was of high quality and did not need reinforcement I needed someone who would have no trouble getting into the game from the bench, “the Reds coach recalled on his first meeting with an excellent Senegalese while talking, adding:
“For myself, I would say that I have a well-developed sense of appreciation for people, but I have to be completely honest and admit that I was a fair fit in Sadie’s case. I have been following his development since he played in the Salzburg jersey and now for four years we have been working very successfully in England. It was a great move for the club management to get him from Southampton. He wanted to work with me too, so it was a win-win combination. “