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Monday 5 December 2016

Move over Mourinho: Why Jurgen Kloop would be perfect for the Premier League

Head coach Juergen Klopp of Dortmund attends a press conference at Signal Iduna Park on April 15, 2015 in Dortmund, Germany
Head coach Juergen Klopp of Dortmund attends a press conference at Signal Iduna Park on April 15, 2015 in Dortmund, Germany

German coach Jurgen Klopp will leave Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season.

Here, we take a look at some of the reasons why the Barclays Premier League would welcome the charismatic 47-year-old with open arms.

 

FOOTBALL STYLE

Klopp twice took Dortmund to the Bundesliga title and also the 2013 Champions League final at Wembley. His teams have always played an attractive blend of high-tempo, passing football - which proved too much for Arsenal in a couple of their recent European ties.

 

PASSION

Like several other younger Premier League managers, Klopp wears his heart on his sleeve - and in 2013 the German was handed a touchline ban by UEFA after angrily confronting the fourth official during a Champions League tie against Napoli.

 

CHARISMA

With a rock-star swagger, trendy glasses and designer stubble, Klopp has already won plenty of friends in the English media following their Champions League successes. His jokes, though, might still need a bit of work, having quipped how "everything has an end, except for a sausage which has two", then bursting out laughing when answering a question on Dortmund's injuries and indifferent form ahead of this season's Champions League match at Arsenal.

 

WORKING ON A BUDGET

Klopp has produced a winning formula at Dortmund without breaking the bank, masterminding the development of stars like Robert Lewandowski and Mario Gotze ahead of big-money moves to Bayern Munich. Defender Mats Hummels and midfielder Marco Reus are two others expected to start a summer auction.

 

LOYALTY

Despite having plenty of suitors since proving himself at Dortmund following his appointment in 2007, the former Mainz manager has remained committed to Signal Iduna Park. It was this staunch dedication that saw him lift Die Schwarzgelben from the doldrums and create one of the most formidable squads in Europe.

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