Jurgen Norbert Klopp, born on January 26, 1963, in Stuttgart, Germany. He was born to Norbert Klopp and Elisabeth Klopp. The young Klopp grew in the village of Black Forest, Glatten, Germany, along with his two older sisters.
His father is a former amateur footballer. However, he died at the age of 68 because of cancer. Klopp felt very sad because one of his most inspiring people could not see his success as a coach.
Klopp grew up to be a kid who likes to exercise. He often skied, played tennis and football. However, the sport he loved the most fell to football. He dreamed of being able to become a famous player and a great coach.
His dream to become a football player started to be realized by joining Ergenzingen. Klopp had played for several clubs before finally signing a contract with German club Mainz 05. At the club, Klopp was played as an attacker. Until finally right in 1995, Klopp played as a defender.
While playing for Mainz 05, Klopp had donated a total of 52 goals.
Jurgen Klopp worked as a professional footballer until 2001. However, he had started a coaching career in 1998. At that time, he was still actively playing concurrently as a coach for the Frankfurt youth team.
In February 2001, Klopp retired as a player and served as coach of Mainz 05. In his first match, Klopp immediately contributed to the victory for the team he cared for. With Mainz 05, Klopp lasted for approximately seven years. During his tenure as Mainz 05 coach, Klopp managed to bring the team to the UEFA Cup competition in the 2005/06 season.
Until right in 2008, Klopp decided to step down from Mainz 05 coaching chair. At that time, he became a coach with the longest tenure. During his seven years in charge of training Mainz 05 players, Klopp has donated 109 wins and 78 draws.
After leaving Mainz 05, Klopp was immediately appointed as a coach of Borussia Dortmund. When Klopp arrived, Dortmund was still in the dark. The team was still undergoing a transition period to be able to regain its glory.
The decision of Dortmund’s management to appoint Klopp as a coach seemed to be going smoothly. At the beginning of the season, Klopp immediately gave an important victory and created several quality players.
He also managed to present the DFB-Supercup trophy by beating Bayern Munich. Amazingly, Klopp won the Bundesliga in the 2010/11 and 2011/12 seasons.
In the 2011/12 season, Dortmund managed to collect 81 points in the Bundesliga. At that time, the achievement was the highest in Bundesliga history. In 2012, Klopp also managed to donate the DFB-Pokal trophy to Dortmund. Thanks to his cold hands, Klopp won the best German coach award in 2011 and 2012.
In the 2012/13 season, Dortmund’s performance began to get worse. They lost in the German Super Cup and were only able to finish in the second rank at the Bundesliga competition. In the following season, Dortmund returned to second place but won the German Super Cup. Meanwhile, Die Borussen managed to advance to the European Champions League quarter-finals.
After that extraordinary achievement, Klopp decided to leave Dortmund in 2015. He had recorded 179 wins, 69 draws and 70 defeats.
Right on October 2015, Klopp officially served as Liverpool’s coach.
With Liverpool, Klopp recorded a promising achievement. He managed to bring the Reds to the UEFA Cup Final party even though they were finally defeated by Sevilla with a score of 1-3.
After being judged positively, Klopp extended his contract with Liverpool. In the 2016/17 season, Liverpool finished in fourth place and managed to be qualified for the European Champions League. After taking Liverpool to the final, Klopp had to admit the greatness of Real Madrid.
Until now, he is still trusted to preside over the team based at Anfield.
Although successfully reaching his dream as a great coach, Klopp still has a humble nature. On one occasion, he was even seen riding the train to go home. After that, he would walk home.
Please note that Klopp likes to walk after accompanying his foster children to compete.
Klopp admitted that by walking, he would easily remember all the shortcomings that occurred during the match. He used the walk as a moment of self-evaluation.