- Jurgen Klopp is often very critical about his career as a football player.
- His former teammate Michael Schumacher (not the F1 racing driver) says that the defender 'struggled with the technical side of the game'.
- However, he read the game well and was also quite athletic.
- The German was not a fan favourite as supporters booed him.
"Klopp was a typical student at this time, in both looks and personality," former Mainz captain and LFC boss' former teammate Michael Schumacher told BBC.
"He was always wearing jeans and a T-shirt and was really easy-going with no stress.
"When he came to us he was a forward. He was fast and good with his head but he struggled with the technical side of the game.
"It was hard for him. When they announced his name, the fans would whistle and boo. I remember after a game we were sitting in the hydro-massage pool and Klopp said to me 'What can I do? The coach always wants to bring me on.' He knew he wasn't the greatest player, but he did what he was told."
Talking about his career as a footballer, Klopp was quite harsh on himself as well.
"I never succeeded in bringing to the field what was going on in my brain," he said earlier. "I had the talent for the fifth division and the mind for the Bundesliga. The result was a career in the second division."
Interestingly, the fans who whistled at him as a player started loving Jurgen when he became a manager and guided Mainz to their first-ever promotion to the Bundesliga.
Overall, he spent 18 years at Mainz, 11 as a player and 7 as a head coach. Klopp made 325 league appearances for Die Nullfünfer, scoring 52 goals in the process.
In 2008, he departed from Mainz, taking the wheel at Borussia Dortmund. The tactician won two Bundesliga titles with BVB, taking them to the Champions League final for the second time in the club's history.
In 2015, Klopp was appointed manager at Liverpool and is currently on the way to guide the Reds to their first Premier League title in 30 years.