Jurgen Klopp is getting that title feeling again… after admitting his Liverpool story is starting to remind him of Dortmund’s fairytale success.
The Reds boss believes the young and hungry side he is building at Anfield has the same character as the squad he took from hopeless also-rans to Bundesliga Champions.
Almost a decade ago, he inherited a team at Dortmund that had finished 13th, and was written off as too old and too poor to ever challenge for the title, but within three years he had produced a miracle to take them to the summit of German football.
Now, he reckons he can do the same at Liverpool, after witnessing the same qualities that so excited him at his previous club.
“I am not sure I should compare but it is another nice situation if you want. It is cool. It is not the same, but it is similar to what we had at Dortmund,” he explained.
“I am still in contact with a lot of the Dortmund players and hopefully I will be contact after my time at Liverpool with these players because they are nice lads.
“That is first of all. But they are not here because they are nice lads, they are outstanding footballers I love working with them and really appreciate them.”
If Klopp had a massive job in turning Dortmund around, then it is surely even tougher at Anfield, with a team that has now endured a near 27 year wait to win the title.
Yet as he prepares for a hectic festive fixture list that will make or break Liverpool’s Premier League hopes – with the team currently second in the table behind Chelsea – Klopp senses the spirit in the camp can inspire his team to glory.
“We have an atmosphere at Melwood which is as good as it should be because of all the people working here,” he said.
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“We had our Christmas party last week and it was really nice having all the people around, it is was big difference because after one year you know all of them.
“After three months last year I still had no idea of the names of certain staff. We have a completely different situation to last year.”
Klopp believes that spirit is personified by players like Ragnar Klavan, who has waited patiently for his chance without moaning, and with complete support for his team-mates.
The Estonian centre half has replaced injured Joel Matip , and has performed so well will keep his place against Stoke tonight despite the return from injury of his fellow defender. And Klopp said:
“A few weeks ago Ragnar still needed to adapt a little bit to all the circumstances, but now he is in a really good moment and we should use it.”