Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp has said that he gets great satisfaction from developing a young player into a world-class footballer, the Daily Mail reports.
The former Borussia Dortmund boss has made quite an impression since signing a three-year contract with Liverpool, coming across as both charismatic and pragmatic in his first press conference on Friday.
The work is already underway for Klopp, with pictures emerging of his visit to Kirkby to check out the youth teams and his satisfaction of developing players will be well received by the supporters.
“The will to improve is the most important thing for a Jurgen Klopp player. Character. The biggest satisfaction you can get is when you take a player from Poland, from a small club and watch him playing today," he explained to the Daily Mail.
“The difference between that player and the player he is today is unbelievable. I’m not self-confident enough to think I have had the only role in his (Lewandowski’s) development, but of course I did play a big part. We all know the best players of today. Tomorrow we don’t know, so we can work for this.”
Reasons to be excited
Klopp’s record of bringing in unheard-of players, developing them and turning them into world-class footballers is as good as any manager's in Europe.
Robert Lewandowski and Shinji Kagawa were unknown to most before lighting up the Westfalonstadion, whereas Marco Reus, Mats Hummels and Neven Subotic all improved drastically under Klopp’s guidance.
Liverpool’s transfer record in recent years has been somewhat disappointing with the odd exception, but matters on that front could soon get much better if Klopp’s track record is to go by.
Yet, it’s also worth remembering that there is young talent already at the club with the players such as Jordon Ibe, Jordan Rossiter and Divock Origi all looking to break in to the team at some point.