Liverpool's new manager Jurgen Klopp says being called to work for the club is "the biggest honour I can imagine," and set himself a target of a league title within four years. The German was presented as the Merseyside outfit's new manager on 9 October and gave an assured performance in front of reporters.
"The greatest honour I can imagine is to be here," he began. "For me this is one of the biggest clubs in the world and to give me this opportunity, yes, to try to help in a situation that is not so difficult like all the people in the room feel. It is not the perfect moment of course but I feel it is a good moment to come here and I feel really proud."
Asked what attracted him to the club, Klopp said: "The intensity of the football. How the people live football in Liverpool and around Liverpool, all Liverpool fans all over the world. So it is not a normal or usual club, it's a special club and I had two very very special clubs with Mainz 05 and Borussia Dortmund, and this now, it is a perfect next step for me to be here."
He praised the players and said what was needed was a new way of playing to motivate the team. "This is a great club with a big team, great potential, fast players, strong players, good defenders, flexible, creative, everything is there," he said. "So some players are injured, that is normal. Let us try to start a new way. I think this is the perfect moment to do this because now everything is different. Here is a German guy, first time, let's try to use him. Because I don't know everything but I am a pretty good listener and I want to listen now what happens until now and then I go to Melwood and see what will work, what doesn't work, all these things, then we think about it and then we play football."
Klopp also requested the press and fans give the team time to change direction. "It's not so important what people think when you come in. It is much more important what people think when you leave. And please give us the time to work on it. You need to think much more positive than today about me and all the people at LFC. If we want this could be a real special day. If we want, and we are prepared to work for it, if you are patient, all these things, if we want. Then we can start in a very difficult league. There are opponents – they are big, bigger and bigger maybe but in a special Liverpool way we can be successful," he said.
Then he set himself the task of winning a league title in four years or he would move on to another job, like coaching Switzerland. "I don't want to say we can wait the next 20 years and I am sitting here again," he said. "I know if I am sitting here in four years I think we won one title in this time, I am pretty sure. If not, the next one – maybe Switzerland."
Invited to emulate Jose Mourinho's claim on arrival at Chelsea to be "the special one", however, he insisted Liverpool Football Club was special and he was "normal one." "Does anybody in this room think I can do wonders? No? Let me work, I am a totally normal guy," he said. "I come from the Black Forest. My mother may be sitting in front of the television and watch this press conference and has said no word until now. But she is very proud. So I am a totally normal guy, I am the normal one."