Klopp is always an entertaining coach to watch in the build up to a big game and he’s not disappointed as Borussia Dortmund prepare to face Arsenal in the Champions League tomorrow night.
Klopp has spoken openly of his fondness for Arsenal and Arsene Wenger, a team he says he regularly watches and follows for the brand of football they play.
“He is really something. I love him. He is Sir. Sir Arsène Wenger for me. I think he likes having the ball, playing football, passes, it’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song, yeah? And I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud! I want to have this ‘booooom!’” said Klopp.
Klopp also admitted that he’s fully aware of the various links and suggestion that have put him forward as a potential long term successor to Arsene Wenger when the Frenchman eventually calls it a day.
It would be mystifying if Wenger didn’t sign a new contract at Arsenal beyond this season, which means Klopp would more than likely have to wait several years before he got the chance to take control at the Emirates Stadium.
Even when Wenger does retire, Klopp may be in the middle of his next project or he may still be at Borussia Dortmund, battling away against Bayern Munich for dominance in the German and European game.
His clear admiration for the way Arsenal works as a football club and the respect he has for the job Wenger is doing at the Gunners means he’d be ideally suited to Arsenal’s model because he admires and understands it.
He’d be able to prolong the values and basic traits that Arsenal have built up under Wenger, managing big high profile stars well alongside developing younger talent, as he has done at Dortmund since he took over.
Klopp also has a big admiration for English football and he’s not just positive about the Premier League and Arsenal, simply because he’s trying to keep everyone happy ahead of a big game, it’s obviously something he clearly believes in.
“Not serenity football but fighting football, that is what I like. What we call in German ‘English’. Rainy day, heavy pitch, everybody dirty in the face and goes home and can’t play football for the next four weeks,” added Klopp to the press.
As David Moyes is finding out at Manchester United, you can take a well established model and tweak it.
Arsenal will be a fantastic football club whether Wenger leaves tomorrow or in ten years time, the point is the person who follows him needs to respect what he’s done, respect the situation and develop things sensibly and progressively.
Klopp is definitely someone who can do that.
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