Borussia Dortmund boss Jürgen Klopp has revealed his admiration for Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger ahead of Wednesday’s Champions League group stage clash between the two tacticians.
Klopp, who last week signed a new long-term deal to keep him at Westfalenstadion until 2018, has been earmarked as future Arsenal manager after leading Dortmund to a Champions League final and domestic trophies in recent seasons.
Speaking to Telegraph journalist Ian Chadband, the effervescent Klopp described how on a previous meeting, he greeted the 64-year-old Frenchman with a handshake and a bow – a sign of how much respect he has for him.
“He is really something. I love him. He is Sir. Sir Arsène Wenger for me”, Klopp said.
Despite sharing many similarities including their knack for turning raw talent into world-class superstars, Klopp insists that he has his own footballing philosophy which is somewhat different from Wenger’s own ‘pure football’ ideology.
“I think he likes having the ball, playing football, passes, it’s like an orchestra. But it’s a silent song, yeah? And I like heavy metal more. I always want it loud! I want to have this ‘booooom!’”
Studious Gunners boss Wenger is currently in advanced contract negotiations to extend his 16-year stay in north London for at least another couple of seasons, quashing speculation that he may leave if French champions PSG come in for him.
Although he only signed a new contract earlier in the week it seems like Klopp, who is 18 years younger than Wenger, could still be the man to take Arsenal forward once his reign as manager eventually comes to an end, whenever that may be.