Liverpool’s board loved that Jurgen Klopp never had any intention of becoming a one-man show when they hired him as Brendan Rodgers’ replacement in 2015, reports say.
Klopp has lifted the Reds in the four year since his appointment, turning them into one of the best teams in the Premier League while also steering them to Champions League glory.
And ESPN claim the Liverpool board liked the German’s personality and that his lack of ego made him a firm favourite right from the start.
Klopp rarely wants the spotlight, instead preferring his players to grab most of the headlines.
And that’s set Liverpool in good stead under his watch with the Reds currently on course to become Premier League champions.
The report says the Reds hierarchy also liked his willingness to work under the ‘collaborative approach the club had put in place in 2012’.
It is said Rodgers would reject the influence of Michael Edwards and other key figures.
But Klopp has a good relationship with the Liverpool chief and has helped turn Anfield into a fortress again.
Next up for the Premier League leaders is a tricky trip to Manchester United.
Liverpool have won just four times at Old Trafford in the league since the turn of the century, in 2002, 2004, 2009 and 2014 respectively.
And Klopp has issued a rallying cry to his Liverpool side ahead of the game, vowing to try and inflict more misery on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s struggling team.
“I don’t think there are a lot of teams who would love to play against us at the moment,” he said.
“It looks like Manchester United is the only team that wants to play us, and we have to make sure that is a misunderstanding.
“I would do the same if the situation was the other way around. This is the game [where] we can change the world; that is the way I would prepare [for] it.
“They are in a situation that they don’t like and they want to change it. We just have to make sure that if they want to change it, they start a week later and that’s all.”
Klopp also refused to discuss Solskjaer’s position, with the United star seemingly on the brink of losing his job.
“After my 29 games, there was not 100% agreement I was the perfect manager for Liverpool,” he added.
“I have no clue about his position. It’s not important what you are writing, really.
“It’s more important what the board are telling him. I don’t have an opinion.”