Jurgen Klopp says he only used to wear a suit on the touchline for matches because that was the normal thing to do – explaining that as soon as he knew it was not a requirement, he was more than keen to stop.
Most managers opt for a smart suit these days, but the Reds boss can always be seen in a tracksuit, and sometimes a rain jacket depending on the weather.
Looking back earlier in his career, lots of photographs of Champions League nights with Borussia Dortmund show Klopp in a suit, but that is never the case nowaways.
Speaking to TalkSport, Klopp explained: “I have a suit for weddings, funerals and if someone tells me I have to wear a suit, otherwise this will never be my ideal. Take the James Milner gala: I wear a suit, sometimes a tuxedo.
“If everyone else wears one, I don’t want to be the ‘colour point’ in a group. Where people think ‘oh, he’s not wearing a suit’. I don’t feel comfortable in it. The tie, I cannot breathe properly. I’m just not made for that, that’s it.
“When I started in the Champions League I did it because somebody told me it was ‘duty’. [The first time] I saw another manager standing next to me not wearing a suit I was done. I don’t want to look good on the sidelines – my team should look good, that’s my main target.”
Whatever he is wearing, Klopp’s Reds have been in brilliant form over the last few months. The victory over Newcastle was a 14th league win in a row and Klopp is still yet to lose a European knockout tie with the Reds in his near four years at the club.