Liverpool’s coach Jurgen Klopp returned to Dortmund with this long awaited press conference, and here’s the highlights of his interview.
On Dortmund being his next stop
“It’s absolutely no problem, I don’t think about my situation, absolutely not one second.
“I’m here at a wonderful place where I had a wonderful time. It’s better to be here than, I don’t know, North Korea!”
“Stress is the moment when I leave the bus, go into the stadium and meet every security man and person working there who I know. Usually I’m a kind person who would say hello and talk a little bit but when I am in the dressing room it is work, and so that is stressful for me [not to have time].
I know this stadium. I don’t know how many games I was manager here but it was a lot and I enjoyed it, but I said thank you because I knew I would never again enjoy this in my life. Now it’s fair someone else is enjoying this. It’s absolutely great and one of the best things you can do, but the stories around this game are not what I need.”
On facing a club close to his heart
“At the end, it’s a football game. We all started playing football against our best friends when we were young and I can’t remember a moment when, because it was my best friend, I did not want to win against him. That is absolutely bullshit. There’s no doubting the importance of the game for both teams. I had no bad moment in my relationship with Dortmund, not one second, and no one has to show me they know about our positive past because I know about it. I know all about our relationship. No one has to show me anything. They can whistle if they like.”
On Dortmund’s new style
“Dortmund have a cool way of playing. They are courageous and aggressive going forward.
“It won’t be easy but we are well prepared.”
On celebrations for the night
“Of course I will celebrate. I did it when I went back to Mainz with Dortmund, and I was there for 18 years. If after seven years they don’t know me well enough that my team should score and I will celebrate, what can I say? It depends. If it’s in the first minute I don’t know, I won’t go running down the line. But if it’s important, decisive, in this moment that’s what happens. It’s not that I plan this but I will not take some pills to stop me from celebrating a goal.
At Mainz they knew about it. We had a big celebration when I left and when I went back there it’s what they expected. I did everything for Mainz, I did everything for Dortmund and now I do everything for Liverpool – it is like it is. My father loved me but when we played something against each other he wanted to beat me. I needed 15 years to beat him for the first time but that wasn’t his problem and there was no doubt about our relationship. It’s a game, even if people are not always aware of it.”