Jurgen Klopp was confirmed as manager of Liverpool FC in October 2015 to a rapturous reception. His super-sized personality and all-or-thing style of football and management made him the perfect choice to pump up the volume at Anfield and lift Liverpool out of a slump. The appointment sparked hysteria in the city with fans and club officials delighted to get the coach they'd long admired from afar and eager to see the impact he would have on the club and the Premier League. Klopp is the manager to turn players into winners, to get that little bit more from them and transform teams like mid-table Borussia Dortmund into title winners and one of Europe's most admired sides in just two seasons. He's authentic, approachable and funny, charming media and fans alike. He's also merciless and exceptionally driven, his quick temper bubbling away barely under the surface. Expectations have been high and even when results haven't gone their way, Liverpool's exciting football and Klopp's pitch-side passion have enthralled, culminating in a triumphant return to Champions League football in 2017/18. Rewned football correspondent on both the German and English games, Raphael Honigstein tells the definitive story of Klopp's career, transformative footballing genius and how he is bringing the ise to Anfield.
Raphael Honigstein is the UK's top expert on German football. He is a columnist for the Guardian and ESPN, writes for Suddeutsche Zeitung in Germany and appears as a pundit for BT Sport and ESPN as well as Sky in Germany. He is also a regular fixture on the Guardian's award-winning podcast, Football Weekly. His first book, Englischer Fussball, was shortlisted for Football Book of the Year and his latest book is Das Reboot: How German Football Reinvented Itself and Conquered the World.