Jürgen Klopp does not see himself as a motivational artist. “I have no idea how motivation works, honestly. And if motivation were my only strength, then I would not be where I am, ”said the coach of English soccer champions FC Liverpool in an interview with“ ADAC Motorwelt ”. And he admitted, “I can’t make flaming speeches all day. Like everyone else, I have to do a lot of small things. “
He really enjoys doing what he does, said Klopp. And explaining to others why you should do something that you really enjoy doing with a particularly high level of commitment is not particularly difficult for him. He is driven by the thirst for success: “A week later I didn’t feel the Champions League victory myself. It was the same with the Premier League championship. So I’ve been hungry for a long time. “
Dealing with his players is still a central point, it helps “if everyone feels they are taken seriously, everyone feels noticed”. His management style is therefore “strongly people-oriented. I am very interested in making sure that the people around me are okay. Then they can reach their potential more easily. And I basically like to be my players’ friend. Although I realize that I can’t be your best friend. “
For him it is important to maintain modesty. “It helps when a few brain cells work and help you assess the overall situation correctly,” said Klopp: “And at least for that I have a lot of talent. I know: I am nothing special. “
Meanwhile, Klopp criticized the appointments and the TV contracts in the English Premier League. “If someone plays the Champions League on Wednesday, they are not allowed to play again on Saturday at 12.30,” said the German coach in an interview with Sky TV and added: “It’ll happen again next week.” After the premier classes -Party on Wednesday (9 p.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Champions League and at DAZN) against Atalanta Bergamo, the English football champions will play in the domestic league on Saturday afternoon at Brighton & Hove Albion.
Klopp advised the TV contracts to be “adapted to reality”. In view of the corona pandemic, the world is “a different place than it was when the contracts were signed”. He demanded: “The television companies have to talk together.” The German coach also spoke out in favor of five substitutions in the Premier League. “We all brought arguments. If people end up saying that we are acting out of self-interest, I obviously can’t change that, because it’s just completely past the truth, ”said Klopp.