Players often leave their clubs with bitter feelings, especially when they lacked game time. That's not the case with Jurgen Klopp: the German seems to have great relationship even with those who have to leave for greener pastures!
It's great to train and play under Jurgen Klopp but it's not at all easy to be Klopp's type of player. No wonder a lot of footballers have to leave Jurgen's teams for other clubs.
But even those who fail to become key squad members under Klopp or force their exit from Liverpool usually have the fondest memories of working alongside the German tactician. Here are several former Reds who have publicly expressed their gratitude and admiration for Jurgen.
- Pedro Chirivella (left in 2020 for Nantes)
"I only have words of gratefulness. He’s been very great to me, and I can only thank him. What you see on TV is what he is like in real life. I will tell my kids and my grandkids that I was trained by one of the best coaches in the history of football."
- Rafael Camacho (left in 2019 for Sporting)
"It was Jurgen who launched me into the world of professional football. I’m very grateful to him for that. He’ll be a coach who will mark me forever because he was the one who launched me."
- Philippe Coutinho (left in 2018 for Barcelona)
"Klopp is simply a great coach, one of the best in the world, a real leader. I learned so much from him, especially on a mental level. He always finds the right one words, both before the game and during the game, and he always manages to get you back on track with the next opponent. It was a big honour to work with him."
- Christian Benteke (left in 2016 for Crystal Palace)
"Klopp is still the best manager I worked with, although I didn’t play a lot [under him]. He wanted fast players upfront. I understood his decision."
- Notable mention: Robert Lewandowski (left Dortmund in 2014 for Bayern Munich)
The Polish goal machine is perhaps an exception on this list. He had enough game time at BVB and his move to Bayern looked an obvious step forward. Anyway, he also joins those who see Klopp as a father figure.
"Jurgen was not my father, of course, but in many ways, he replaced one, he entered that role. He developed me a lot and pretty much opened me the football world.
"He’s a coach you jump in a fire for. He has great charisma, knows how to build atmosphere, when to joke around but also when to be harsh and criticise you. We remain in great relationship. It always warms the heart when you see his beautiful smile on TV or elsewhere."