Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp
Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp said he was not on a mission to “change football” after a 1-1 Europa League draw with 10-man Rubin Kazan in his first home game.
Klopp’s appointment as the successor to Brendan Rodgers has generated huge optimism among Liverpool’s fans, who hope he will transform their club in the manner he did with his former side Borussia Dortmund.
But after a 0-0 draw at Tottenham Hotspur in his first game, his new side failed to break down Rubin at Anfield on Thursday and while he drew encouragement from his players’ efforts in pursuit of victory, he sought to downplay the hype that has surrounded his arrival.
Asked by a journalist if he felt like he was “on a special mission” to save English football’s soul, the charismatic German replied with a smile: “The ambassador of romantic football? No, I don’t think about that.
“Because I don’t think at this moment I should come here and change the world of football. I’m not strong enough, not smart enough.
“I’m here as a manager of a football club, one of the best in the world. Now we have to develop our game so our supporters can enjoy our game a little bit more in the future.
“But I think tonight (Thursday) they had moments they could enjoy. They had moments where the players brought their whole hearts on the pitch.
“That’s what everybody wants. It was not boring. I don’t think anyone wanted to go early.
“We tried our all. And at the end we didn’t win. That’s the thing. Maybe it wasn’t the most world-changing game you ever saw.”
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Source:: PM Newspaper