Jurgen Klopp has opened up on his relationship with his father, revealing his sadness at not having him around to enjoy his success.
The Liverpool boss moved into coaching at Mainz in 2001, four months after his dad, Norbert, passed away.
Klopp has since developed into one of the leading managers in world football, winning domestic titles in Germany and England with Borussia Dortmund and Liverpool, while also lifting the Champions League with the Reds in 2019.
Klopp revealed that his father could have become a professional himself as a teenager but was warned off pursuing a career in football by his own dad who told him to focus on his education.
In a new documentary called ‘The End Of The Storm’, Klopp was discussing his early upbringing in Germany’s Black Forest and said his father was one of his biggest critics as he made his way towards a career in the sport.
And the Premier League winner says Klopp senior was delighted when he told him he was to study for a sports science degree back in his homeland.
“Unfortunately when I describe my dad, in the end when I read it from time to time, it’s not fair how it sounds,” Klopp says in the documentary.
“This relationship was based on respect and clear messages. He was an unbelievable football player. Kaiserslautern, who was a big, big club in Germany, offered him a contract when he was 18.
“My grandad was [saying] ‘you don’t go for this football, you learn something serious’. So he wasn’t allowed to join them. He wanted me to fulfill his dreams.
“I loved all the things he wanted me to do. But then it is one thing you love doing it, but it is another that your dad or coach or whatever is not happy with the steps you do.”
‘The End Of The Storm’ is directed by James Erskine (One Night in Turin) and is an October Films, Brutal Media and New Black Films co-production that follows Liverpool across the season that saw them end a 30-year wait for a league title.
Featuring insight from the likes of Roberto Firmino, Jordan Henderson and Virgil van Dijk, the documentary tells the story of the last campaign when the Reds won their first championship since 1990.
Klopp adds of his relationship with his dad: “It was a lot more about giving criticism than praise for something you did, but [that was] his generation.
“When I told my dad [I would study] sports science, he was on fire with the idea. ‘Yes, do that!’.
“He had no idea what I could do with it but it was the first kid of the family who studied at all, so he was like ‘yes, do that’.
“I know exactly what he wanted me to do, to be really successful in sports.
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“To deal with an average footballer and the real shame of this story was he wasn’t here anymore when I became a manager.”
‘The End Of The Storm’ will be available to own on digital, DVD and Blu Ray from November 30. The film, produced in association with Sky, will be broadcast in the UK and Republic of Ireland on Sky Documentaries in 2021.
THE END OF THE STORM is released on Digital, Blu Ray and DVD on Monday 30th November. Pre-order at endofthestorm.film