Jurgen Klopp made himself an instant hit at his first press conference as Liverpool manager as he described himself as 'the normal one'. No managerial appointment has captured public interest in the Barclays Premier League quite like this since Jose Mourinho first arrived at Chelsea in 2004 and called himself 'The Special One'. Klopp, who insisted he will have 'the first and last word' on transfers, was asked in a huge media conference whether he was also a 'special one' but his response ensured he would make headlines in the same way as Mourinho.
"I'm am not going to call myself anything," said Klopp. "I am a normal guy from the Black Forest. My mother is watching this press conference at home. If you are going to call me anything, call me the normal one."
"I was a very average player and became a trainer in Germany with a special club. I had a great job to manage Dortmund for seven years and it was the best for us to leave. I hope to enjoy my work. Everyone has told me about the British press. It’s up to you to tell me they are all liars!"
"It’s the biggest honour to be at one of the biggest clubs in this world and the opportunity to try and help the situation. It’s not the perfect moment but it’s a good moment to come. I feel really proud. I'm looking forward to the intensity of football and how the people live football in Liverpool. It’s a special club. I had two special clubs and this role is the perfect next step for me to try to help.
"This is one of the biggest problems in Liverpool. The Premier League is one of the most difficult in the world. There's five, six or seven clubs that can be the champions. Only one can win and all the others are disappointed and live in the middle of disaster," he said.
He also reiterated his stance on the much-documented transfer committee not being an issue at the club, claiming that he will have the overarching say on who enters and who departs Anfield.
"It’s a crazy discussion. It was not a problem for 10 seconds," Klopp added. "It’s enough that I have the first and the last word - in the middle we can discuss. We want to discuss good players on the highest level. I’m not a genius. I need other people to get the perfect information. When we have this we will decide to sign or sell a player."