Jürgen Klopp is on a bit of a roll. His Reds, the reigning Champions of Europe (lest you forgot), just won their 15th game in a row in the league to maintain their place atop the Premier League table on Sunday. The win was in his 92nd in 150 league match in charge, and raised his win percentage to over 61%. That’s not too shabby.
He followed up the win in the league with a win in the FIFA awards the very next day. The affable man known as “Kloppo” to his players and friends, pipped rivals Pep Guardiola of Manchester City and Tottenham Hotspur manager Mauricio Pochettino for the FIFA Men’s Coach of the Year Award. While Klopp is definitely living the dream, he took time in his acceptance speech to acknowledge that he and the rest of the crowd there are extremely fortunate.
“The past was great, the present is really good and the future hopefully will be good for us as well,” said the Reds manager. “But there are people out there that are not exactly in the same situation. I am really proud and happy to announce that from today on I am member of the Common Goal family.”
You can see the full speech below:
Klopp will be joining players like Megan Rapinoe, Juan Mata, and the entire Canadian Women’s National Team by donating 1% of his salary to the Common Goal initiative. Common Goal takes the donations from players and managers and distributes the funds to charities around the world.
The garrulous German expounded on his reasoning in an article for the Players Tribune.
Thank you for letting us dream, Jurgen. As a Liverpool fan, you’ve gotten us to a place where we can dream about titles and trophies again. On a human level, you’re allowing people to have the opportunity to dream of something more through your commitment to Common Goal.