Jurgen Klopp is learning about English football every single day…
The German arrived in October 2015 and is coming to the end of his first full season in charge of Liverpool.
He managed in Germany for 14 seasons, so he’s still a long way from mastering England like he did his homeland, but there’s been plenty of signs that he’s capable of something brilliant.
Hopefully come the end of his six-year contract, we’ll have a Premier League title to celebrate.
According to Klopp, the physicality and speed of our football sets it apart from Germany, although this subsequently has an effect on our teams in Europe – as does our extra cup fixtures and the depth of competition.
“The Premier League is super intense, it demands a lot from you,” Klopp told Sport1. “It’s a notch above the Bundesliga.
“Because there are more teams, two cup competitions with replays or two semifinals in the League Cup. Thus, all those teams fighting for the top positions with you are certainly not only throwing with cotton wool balls.
“They’ve got a pretty decent financial background and a giant quality in their squad because of it.
He added: “That English clubs have not performed that well in the Champions League is also down to the increasing intensity of the league.
“The competition is higher. The money is there, it’s like a closed circuit. It’s not gone, it is just with someone else. That’s why the transfer fees in England are that high. The money is just redirected. And if they snap up someone from abroad, the financial power is there also.”
Klopp finished eighth in his first campaign, but reached two cup finals. This time around we failed in the cups but will hopefully earn Champions League qualification with a top four finish. We’re currently third, but face an uphill battle with both Manchester clubs and Arsenal before the campaign is done.