From ‘terrible enmity’ to 12 years of friendship…Klopp remembers departing Son Heung-min

“I wanted to close my eyes when he caught the ball.”

Liverpool posted a video titled “Unspoken Stories, Miracle Football & Lots of Laughs” on the club’s official YouTube channel on Aug. 22. The video features Jürgen Klopp’s final interview with the club.

Liverpool defeated Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-0 in the final match of the 38th round of the 2023-2024 Premier League season on Tuesday at Anfield in London, England.

With 82 points (24 wins, 10 draws, and 4 losses), Liverpool finished the season in third place, behind first-place Manchester City (91 points) and second-place Arsenal (89 points). It’s a big season for Liverpool. It was the final season for Jürgen Klopp, who has been in charge since 2015.

Liverpool officially announced the parting of ways with Klopp in January, saying on the club’s official website, “Jürgen Klopp has announced his intention to leave the club at the end of the 2023-2024 season.”

Klopp began his coaching career in 2001 after finishing his playing career at FSV Mainz 05, where he immediately took over the reins. He then took charge of Borussia Dortmund in 2008, winning two Bundesliga titles and a UEFA Champions League runner-up finish.

Klopp then joined Liverpool in 2015 and has been in charge of the club until this season.

In total, Klopp has won seven trophies with Liverpool, including one Premier League title (2019-2020), the FA Cup (2021-2022), the EFL Cup (2021-2022), and the UEFA Champions League (2018-2019).

“I love everything about this club, I love everything about the city of Liverpool, I love everything about the supporters, I love the team, I love the staff, I love everyone, but I have to make this decision because I am convinced it is the right one,” Klopp said at the time of the announcement. I love everybody, but I have made this decision because I am convinced that it is the 안전놀이터 right one for me,” he said.

“I already informed the club in November last year and there are no problems at the moment. There will be a goodbye at the end of this season. I am grateful to Liverpool.”

In the video, Klopp slowly retraced his path at Liverpool. He also talked about some memorable episodes.

Klopp talked about the Champions League final of the 2018-2019 season. He also talked about Son Heung-min, referring to Divock Origi, who was playing as a forward at the time.

Tottenham reached the Champions League final after defeating Manchester City in the quarterfinals and AFC Ajax in the semifinals, and faced Liverpool in the final, which the Reds won 2-0 thanks to a penalty early in the game and Origi’s 43rd-minute winner in the second leg.

“I remember how I felt when Origi scored the goal that made it 2-0 in the Champions League final,” Klopp said, “I wanted to close my eyes whenever he got the ball before that goal, and only when I saw Origi’s goal did I enjoy the game,” referring to the youngster’s ruthlessness in attacking Liverpool’s flanks and backline.

Son Heung-min and Klopp’s ‘bad blood that became friendship’ started 12 years ago. Son Heung-min has been bothering Klopp since his days at Hamburger SV. He faced 실시간 바카라사이트 Klopp in 2012 when he was in charge of Borussia Dortmund, scoring a fantastic two-goaler against Dortmund, and continued to torment him at Bayer 04 Leverkusen.

Son left the German club in August 2015 to join Tottenham. Klopp followed suit and took over at Liverpool in October 2015. Over the next nine years, the two would have a fierce rivalry.

Klopp is leaving the Premier League. He said on Tuesday: “I’ve had a great time with Liverpool for nine or 10 years. The fans thought I would always be here, but I’m leaving now. I’ve seen a great team and spent time with a really great team. The team has developed faster than I thought it would and I’ve seen a really good team,” he said in his farewell.

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