Video - Jurgen Klopp- I'm the normal one
Jurgen Klopp refused to follow the lead of Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho in his debut press conference as Liverpool manager as he declared was "just the normal one" on his first day at Anfield.
Mourinho famously declared he was "the special one" when he first arrived at Chelsea in 2004 and that tag has stuck with him ever since, yet Klopp preferred to take the humble approach as he arrived in English football.
Speaking good English and answering questions with the humour he is noted for, Klopp set out his vision for Liverpool in impressive fashion as he spoke for half an hour to a packed media conference.
When asked whether he was the new special one, Klopp offered this cool response:
"I don't want to describe my self like this. I am the normal one.
"I am a normal football manager and I want to work with the team and be on the pitch. When I left Dortmund, I felt it was not so important what people think when you come in but what they feel when you leave.
"I ask, please give us time. If you are patient and are prepared to work, in a special Liverpool way we can be successful. If I am sitting here in four years, we will win one title in this time."
Klopp's pledge to win a trophy in his time at Liverpool confirms his confidence, but he was keen to step away from reflections on the club's great history as he looked to a new future.
"It’s very important not to be weighed down by history. Let's not always compare with other times," he stated.
"This is a great club with good potential with players who are flexible. Let’s try to start a new way. Now everything is diferent. Here is a German guy, for the first time. I want to listen.
"I go to Melwood and I look at what works and what doesn’t work. And then we start to play very emotional football. We cannot change the rules of the game. We have to work together and feel if the team has some problems or not."
Klopp was calm and composed throughout his first public appearance as Liverpool boss, with his demeanour confirming he means business after completing his dream move to English football.
"It is the biggest honour I can imagine," he added,
"It is one of the biggest clubs in the world. I have an opportunity to try and help in a situation that is not so difficult as some of the people in this room feel. It is a good moment to come here. I am proud.
"The intensity of the football and how the people live football in Liverpool. It is a special club."
You can listen to the full transcript of Klopp's press conference from Radio City's feed here:
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