The Jürgen Klopp train - much like his teams when they are on song, barreling over opposition - just seems unstoppable. Despite being a larger than life personality, infamous for shooting down with acerbic indifference media questions he deems unworthy of serious contemplation, all while managing one of the most divisive clubs in the country as a German in England, reporters, pundits, players and managers alike just can’t seem to find it in their heart to dislike him.
While the ETW inclined of us are stoically awaiting the day the other shoe drops and public opinion inevitably turns on the Liverpool manager, each week in this the actual real world seems to bring another fan forward, singing the former Dortmund manager's praises. The most recent example is none other than World Cup champion, Kun Agüero father-in-law and bearer of divine mitts, Diego Maradona.
When asked in an interview with Marca this Thursday who his favourite manager in the world was, the Argentinian legend was quick to reply:
“It would be Jurgen Klopp, Liverpool’s manager.
“I love the aura he transmits, the type that gives me confidence.
“Before at [Borussia] Dortmund and now in the Premier League, he always goes forward.
“And, next, my favourite is el Cholo [Simeone], because of his great work and his style.”
The Simeone comparison has been made before, and despite clear differences in playing style, seems an apt one, as both managers are wildly passionate figureheads at historically important clubs currently attempting to topple moneyed giants to reclaim former glory. Whether one should count Maradona's approval as something to cherish - given the man's many, many missteps over the years, some of which have displayed a complete lack of insight into football outside the white lines - is up for debate, but this writer chooses to see it as just another man falling under the irrepressible charm of The Normal One. Who could blame him?