Klopp: ‘I don’t need football to be happy’

Date published: Friday 20th April 2018 10:21

Jurgen Klopp has discussed the intense nature of his job at Liverpool and admits he ‘doesn’t need’ the exposure it brings.

The Reds boss was speaking at his pre-match conference ahead of the trip to West Brom on Saturday which comes shortly after Arsene Wenger announced he is stepping down at Arsenal.

Klopp this week discussed his own plans to move on, explaining the agreement he has with his family to take a one-year break when he leaves Anfield.

The German coach expanded on that point at Melwood on Friday.

“It’s quite an intense job, that’s true,” he said. “I only spoke about it in the interview because the interviewer asked me.

“I love what I do. I enjoy it. But most jobs are intense.

“The big difference is we are constantly in the focus. Do I need the fact I am famous? No. I don’t need it a bit. I don’t feel that special.

“I would be really happy to stop that one day, people stopping talking when I walk past. I don’t need it but it’s part of the business. We get really well paid so that’s okay.

“We can have a life we couldn’t have dreamed of. But I don’t need football to be happy. At this moment I love it but I don’t need it.

“There will be a moment when I say “thank you very much,” but I don’t know when.”

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