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Klopp Reviews

Klopp by Anthony  Quinn (Film Critic/Book reviewer)

Klopp: My Liverpool Romance

Anthony Quinn (Film Critic/Book reviewer)

4.00 out of 5

4 reviews

Imprint: Faber & Faber
Publisher: Faber & Faber
Publication date: 5 Nov 2020
ISBN: 9780571364961

In early March 2020 Liverpool were two wins away from an extraordinary achievement, on course for their first league title win in 30 years - since the heads days of Kenny Dalglish - and likely to seal it in the Liverpool derby against their great rivals Everton.

4 stars out of 5
8 Dec 2020

"Thanks to his good humour and hard work, football fans fell in love with the not-so-cool but incredibly dedicated guy from the Black Forest. "

In a male-dominated environment – and particularly an English male environment – love is often off the agenda; “Whatever ‘in love’ means,” as Prince Charles once said. I think, like the nostalgia often attached to football, that is sad. But Quinn’s writing shows what immense capacity for care and love men can have. Liverpool, the most un-English of all England’s footballing cities, legitimises love beyond reason, and as long as that is true, books like this will be written: pages and pages of love. 

Reviews

4 stars out of 5
22 Nov 2020

"Klopp appears almost obscenely charming — honest, intelligent, sensible and funny — in Anthony Quinn’s revealing billet-doux"

The danger in reading a book about a hero is that you might learn stuff you can’t unlearn — such as the fact that Klopp treated himself to a hair transplant in 2012 (and acknowledged it cheerily, telling reporters: ‘Yes, it’s true... And I think the results are really cool, don’t you?’). Or that he had his teeth whitened by the same dentist who worked on the Liverpool forwards Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mané (all three now flash egregiously bright grins). Or that as a young player Klopp once headbutted a teammate in anger.

But he can always be counted on to brush away any misgivings. Remember when he was asked to put his finger on what went wrong during an ugly Champions League defeat in Belgrade? He replied: ‘I only have ten fingers.’

4 stars out of 5

"An author’s love letter to his club’s charismatic German manager is funny, fresh and informative"

Though a slim book, it is no small achievement for Quinn and Faber to have turned this around so quickly. It is so fresh that one imagines Quinn still annotating the manuscript as it was being sent to the printers. It also happens to be one of the first literary accounts of sport’s empty stadia (the “applauseless air”) during Covid times.

Klopp isn’t just for Liverpool, Quinn writes in his final pages. He is for all of us. I reckon this book can be too.

4 stars out of 5
Blake Morrison
30 Oct 2020

"Neither celeb-biography nor sports reportage, Quinn’s highly enjoyable book makes room in a short space for a lot more than Klopp"

Neither celeb-biography nor sports reportage, Quinn’s highly enjoyable book makes room in a short space for a lot more than Klopp: colour photographs; diary entries; a pastiche screenplay based on the film The Flight of the Phoenix; vignettes from childhood; the heretical admission that he dislikes the “mawkish” club anthem “You’ll Never Walk Alone”; observations on Klopp’s politics (left of centre); some terrible puns on former Liverpool players’ names (“Hamman for all seasons”, “all you need is Lovren”); and an A-Z of items that don’t fit the main narrative.