By North-west correspondent Alex Stevens
Jurgen Klopp has revealed that he had to wait eight years to achieve his ambition of becoming a football manager.
In a new documentary, the Liverpool boss has explained that he was willing to give up playing at the age of 25 to go full-time into coaching.
In the event, Klopp continued playing for German club Mainz until the age of 33, at which point he took over as manager.
The Liverpool manager, now 48, was a one-club man, spending his entire professional career at Mainz, initially as a striker before dropping back to become a defender.
“I always had this dream to become a football manager,” Klopp revealed in the documentary titled Klopp’s Journey to the Kop. “If someone had come along and told me, at 25, to stop playing football and become a manager, it would not have been a problem for me. But it didn’t happen. I had to wait until I was 33.”
During the documentary, Klopp reveals that his technical limitations forced him to study the game harder – making him the coach that he is today.
He said: “I had a big heart and was very passionate. But I was not so good in the technical parts of the game and I hated myself for this.
“I loved the game and I always tried to understand it a little bit better than the rest of the team because it was the only way to stay in the game.”
‘Klopp’s Journey to the Kop’ will air at 10pm on December 23 on LFCTV, the club’s official TV channel, offering an insight into the career of the Anfield boss.