All you need to know about Liverpool’s new manager Jürgen Klopp and his life before moving to Merseyside…
Jürgen Norbert Klopp was born in Stuttgart on June 16 1967. He is married with two sons.
He is the 20th manager in Liverpool’s history and the third from abroad, following Gérard Houllier and Rafael Benitez.
Before becoming a manager, Klopp had a 12-year professional playing career as a striker and full-back with FSV Mainz 05. He scored 52 times in 337 league appearances in the German second division.
Upon his retirement in 2001 he was made the Rhineland outfit’s manager and proceeded to become their longest serving boss of all-time (seven years).
During that period, Klopp guided Mainz to the Bundesliga for a first time in 2004 before helping retain their top-flight status in each of the next two seasons.
He moved onto Borussia Dortmund in 2008 and during a seven-year spell in charge won five trophies, including back-to-back Bundesliga crowns in 2011 and 2012.
Unsurprisingly Klopp was named German Football Manager of the Year both times.
During his career at the Westfalenstadion he faced English opposition on six occasions, all in the Champions League group stages (four times versus Arsenal and two against Manchester City), winning twice, drawing twice and losing twice.
Klopp announced he would be departing BVB in April 2015 and his final game in charge was a 3-1 defeat to VfL Wolfsburg in the DFB-Pokal Final on May 30.
His left Dortmund with a record of 179 wins, 69 draws, and 70 losses. The 56.29% win percentage compares favourably to all previous Liverpool managers dating back to Kenny Dalglish’s first spell in charge (Brendan Rodgers: 50.00% | Dalglish second spell: 47.30% | Roy Hodgson: 41.93% | Benitez: 56.28% | Houllier: 52.12% | Roy Evans: 51.77% | Graeme Souness: 42.04%).
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