As if masterminding emphatic away wins over Chelsea and Manchester City hadn’t done enough to endear new manager Jurgen Klopp to Liverpool fans, the affable German has charmed Reds supporters further by doing his best to learn the local dialect.
With his teacher a nine-year-old boy called Isaac, who is a presenter on LFCTV show Kop Kids, Klopp attempted to pronounce to the common Merseyside phrase “boss tha”, which roughly translates into standard English as “that is very good”.
Klopp decided to include the phrase in a sentence; “We won at Man City on Saturday and that won boss…THA!”
The full version of Klopp’s Kop Kids interview will be broadcast on LFCTV very soon.
Klopp was always going to be popular at Anfield. He was widely regarded as the best available manager in the world to replace Brendan Rodgers, coming to England with a magnificent reputation, having won two Bundesliga titles with former club Borussia Dortmund.
It has been his PR skills – as well as his tactical nous – that have prompted Reds fans to take him to their hearts so quickly.
While Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has started to irk the public with his constant moaning and frosty exchanges with the media, Klopp approaches press conferences with humour and a toothy grin.
Klopp is also very different to Mourinho when it comes to how his deals with his players – at least from what we can see.
Mourinho’s star man is Eden Hazard, but the Chelsea boss has frequently critisised his form this season – and it doesn’t seem to be helping.
In contrast, Klopp is all about hugs and big PDAs. Remember the brilliant moment he congratulated “IBEY” after his match-winning goal against Rubin Kazan?