- Klopp highlights being calmer as the biggest change he has undergone since becoming a coach.
- He says changes in the way he looks show how intense the job is.
- However, Jurgen does not feel that intensity thanks to his love for coaching and football.
It's been 18 years since Mainz 05 player Jurgen Klopp turned into a coach. Few could predict back then he would become one of the best football managers ever. Speaking to the media ahead of the Club World Cup final, Klopp reflected on his managerial career and the changes he has undergone.
"18 years? Wow!" Klopp said. "Yes, I developed of course as a person first and foremost - I am calmer than I used to be, I'm not that easy to get nervous anymore or overly excited.
"That's the good thing of age, which obviously you [the reporter] don't know yet, but you will see that's cool. Most of the things are not good when you get older, but these things are good. I can deal with situations much better.
"I'm a better coach than when I started, 100 per cent. I'm still the same person, nothing changed really. More people know me, that's not too cool but it's a sign for some successful moments in my life. That's it pretty much.
"It's long ago the last time I thought about me. I look different, massively different, to 18 years ago and that obviously shows that it's quite an intense job what I do but I love it, I love what I do and that's why I probably don't feel the intensity that much."
In each of the three clubs he coached - Mainz, Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool - Klopp's personality and talent made him a favourite with fans and players. Last season, Jurgen's skills were proved by the Champions League triumph. This term, the Reds are fighting for the first Premier League title in 30 years.