Klopp explains why he will always be a 'tracksuit manager'

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explains why he will always be a ‘tracksuit manager’ and hails Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola as ‘best dressed’ on touchline

  • Jurgen Klopp has always worn casual clothes rather than suit on sidelines 
  • Liverpool manager is usually seen wearing tracksuit with cap in casual approach 
  • He said because he went from player to manager fast, he was used to tracksuit
  • Klopp added: ‘Don’t worry: you can be world champion in a suit or a tracksuit’

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has explained why he will always be a ‘tracksuit manager’ and hailed Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola as the ‘best dressed’ boss. 

The German is known for his casual approach on the sidelines, choosing to wear a club tracksuit with baseball cap in contrast to the most sophisticated or corporate styles of many of his peers. 

Klopp explained that he never had the chance to get used to anything other than casual clothes given his rapid transition to management. 

Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp explained why he will always wear a tracksuit on the sidelines 

He told the Guardian: ‘I was a player and the next day I was the manager. In my locker room was the tracksuit of the guy who had the job two days before. It didn’t even fit me.

‘I was just focused on the game. I never thought about how I look. 

And the Liverpool boss, who steered his side to within two points of the Premier League title before lockdown, said there was a brief time he tried to smarten up at Borussia Dortmund.  

‘I know it’s not too cool because we are working in public, but then when I came to Borussia Dortmund I thought: ‘Maybe I have to change’, he added. 

Klopp said his Manchester City rival Pep Guardiola is the best dressed boss around

The German feels comfortable in casual clothing and says in the end it doesn’t really matter

‘I went for a while wearing jeans and a shirt. But I just didn’t feel comfortable. But that doesn’t mean it’s bad for you.’

Klopp and Guardiola have been going head to head at the summit of the Premier League for the past couple of seasons but the Reds boss admitted there’s only one winner in the fashion stakes.  

‘I think the best-dressed manager is Pep Guardiola,’ he said. ‘Everything he wears looks exactly right for him. He doesn’t wear a suit, just casual stuff.

‘Be yourself as a coach. If you want to look great, then wonderful. I’m just not made for this.

Guardiola tends to go for casual fashionable looks while instructing his side from the touchline

‘It’s important you do what is right for you because whatever role model you have, you can never do the same things. I like when you see the soul or character of the coach in the team.

‘Guardiola again: you see a team and think: : “Wow, that’s either Guardiola or somebody who worked with him.” But you can never be exactly the same. 

‘But don’t worry: you can be world champion in a suit or a tracksuit. You just have to be comfortable,’ he concluded.

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