Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp took advantage of the international break to visit his former club Mainz. The 56-year-old was in attendance at the MEWA Arena to watch Mainz play a friendly match against MSV Duisburg.
Klopp, who began his managerial career at Mainz, was spotted grinning as the Mainz fans unveiled an impressive tifo display before the game. He had a successful stint at the club between 2001 and 2008, overseeing a total of 270 matches. During his tenure, Mainz won 109 matches, drew 78, and lost 83 before Klopp left to manage Borussia Dortmund.
Jurgen Klopp back in Mainz, where it all started ❤️🇩🇪 pic.twitter.com/dAT7p947qE
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) September 9, 2023
One of Klopp’s notable achievements at Mainz was leading the team to a third-place finish in the second division during the 2003-2004 season, securing promotion to the Bundesliga. However, they were eventually relegated at the end of the 2006-2007 campaign.
Prior to his managerial career, Klopp also had a significant playing career at Mainz, representing the club from 1990 to 2001. In 340 games, he scored 56 goals for the team.
While Klopp is widely recognized for his managerial success, including leading Borussia Dortmund to two Bundesliga titles and winning numerous trophies with Liverpool, his roots in Mainz hold a special place in his career.
Liverpool had a challenging season last year, finishing in fifth place in the Premier League. However, Klopp and his team will be determined to bounce back and make a strong response in the upcoming campaign.