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Klopp inspired by cinema greats, James Bond, Robin hood

Football Lifestyle By: Uche Duru | 03/04/2018

Liverpool manager, Jurgen Klopp has revealed his inspirations from the world's fiction gurus, James Bond, Robin Hood and Rocky Balboa.

Klopp has led his team to the third place on the Premier League table just two points behind the second-placed Manchester United and 18 points behind the table-toppers, Manchester City.

Talking to Graham Hunter on the Scottish journalist's podcast, he recalled a team-talk at Borussia Dortmund, saying: "I'm inspired by Rocky Balboa, one of my best meetings, I thought, was with Dortmund, before we played Bayern Munich and I spoke about Rocky Four, Ivan Drago, having everything, all the technology, and we have Rocky Balboa in Siberia with all these old fashioned tools and things like that, the gym was a stable and after three or four minutes I was really on fire.

"I see dead eyes and stop. 'Who knows Rocky?' Only two players showed up. The rest were too young! Okay, we have to start again...

"I'm inspired by Robin Hood. In my youth I read thousands of books because I loved the stories, I'm inspired by all of that. Boris Becker wins Wimbledon at the same age as me, it's possible. Something special is possible.

"But it would never have been possible as a kid, I loved football but I knew I could never be Lothar Matthaus, no chance, but I loved it still. I wanted to do it as good as I could do it, my target as a manager is to be the best manager I can be, not the best manager of the world, I've no clue how that works."

Liverpool fan Daniel Craig portrays 007, starring in Casino Royale, Quantum of Solace, Skyfall and Spectre, and has regularly been spotted at Anfield watching Klopp's men.

And Klopp has revealed that it is Bond's code that inspires him, even claiming that he hopes he would emulate the secret agent in an extreme situation.

"He's a good-looking guy, Roger Moore, Pierce Brosnan, Sean Connery, but now we have a big, big Liverpool fan, of course he's the best," he joked.

"James Bond is a fantastic guy, everyone likes him. He has his own rules but he's allowed to kill while the rest of us are not allowed to kill. It's normal. I don't believe in killing people but in these movies, it's not a really good person involved in those stories.

"It's fiction so it's okay and he was always ready to sacrifice himself, which is a very important thing. Before everything else he would sacrifice himself, I like that.

"That's how I understand the father role in families, I would do it, in extreme situations, I hope. It's romantic, it's how it should be. Show balls in an opportunity like that, and James Bond shows balls."
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