New Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp decribed himself as normal when he was told Jose Mourinho had called himself the special one when the Portuguese was hired at Chelsea in 2004.
“I don’t want to describe myself,” Klopp said during his first press conference as the Reds manager on Friday.
“I am a totally normal guy. I am the normal one maybe? I had a great opportunity to take Dortmund for seven years. And now I am here. I want to enjoy my work. People have told me a lot about the English press. It is up to you to show me they are all liars.
“I don’t compare myself with the genius managers in the history of football. It is cool that you are all looking forward to the next few years with me but it is not my job to do this.
“None of the great managers said in their first press conference that they wanted to be a legend when I leave here. We have to work in the present.”
Klopp however believes, given time, he will bring success to Liverpool.
He adds: “It is surreal. But I have to accept this. I don’t care about things like this. I am a normal football manager and I want to work with the team and be on the pitch. When I left Dortmund, I felt it was not so important what people think when you come in but what they feel when you leave.
“I ask, please give us time. If you are patient and are prepared to work, in a special Liverpool way we can be successful. If I am sitting here in four years, we will win one title in this time.”
Klopp however admits he has taken on a huge challenge.
He says: “The Premier League is one of the most difficult leagues in the world. Only one can be the champion but five, six or seven clubs could be. We have to develop.
“This is a good moment. It is not important who is the winner of the Premier League, only that we play our own game and feel the confidence and trust of the people. We have to change from doubters to believers.”