It's rare that a Europa League tie garners as much, if not more, attention than its Champions League equivalents, but Liverpool vs Borussia Dortmund is the match up that has dominated the continental headlines since it was announced. TV channel Sport1 in Germany went a bit over board, announcing that it would have a camera trained on Jürgen Klopp's face for the duration of the match in Dortmund, an idea the Liverpool manager thinks is a bit preposterous.
"You see how crazy the world is?!" Klopp said upon hearing about the Klopp Cam for the first time. "They can't put a camera in my face. I know the way in Dortmund - off the bus, into the dressing room and no-one allowed in, only us. Then we go out, stairs down, through the tunnel, into the stadium. It is always like this. It is loud, it is a big crowd and for the players everything is like it always is and that is the most important thing.
"I don't play. If someone is silly enough to want to see my face for 90 minutes during a game I cannot change the world."
Liverpool fans will hardly take offense at their manager essentially calling them silly, given that many -- most?! -- would probably watch a feed of Klopp's expressive face for at least 90 minutes if not, say, 90 years. Still, it's a point well taken that this kind of intense focus on the manager at the expense of almost all other talking points about the match is indeed a bit silly, but Liverpool's self-aware manager is ultimately not going to worry about it.
"I know I am only one part of the game," Klopp continued, "but if people around me act differently I can't change that and I don't care about it."