Liverpool Football Club manager Jürgen Klopp is without doubt one of the most respected and successful soccer managers in the world.
At the time of writing, Liverpool is following up on its 2019 UEFA Championships League victory with the strong possibility of a win in the team's first English Premier League title in 30 years, a mark of Jürgen's skill. No doubt Liverpool fans are overjoyed about this.
Jürgen, who took over as manager in October 2015, has attracted a lot of media coverage and it has been exciting to watch him skillfully coach Liverpool back to the top of the ladder after years of languishing near the bottom.
What makes him stand out even more is his attitude to what is a very high-pressured career. Jürgen is quick to acknowledge that his Christian faith is more important to him than the game.
When interviewed in 2004 he was asked; "Who is the most important person the world has ever known?" He replied: "Jesus Christ." Then in an interview in 2018 he was asked if he remembered saying that. He replied that he did and explained why.
"This guy [Jesus] comes into the world, and He has a clear mission, but it is not exactly a walk in the park. But in the end [of His life] He took all our sins on Himself and let them nail Him to the cross.
"For me as a Christian, that is the most decisive thing that ever happened ... because it changed everything [by squaring our debt with God]. It's the greatest act that was ever accomplished, as there was no way we could ever do it [pay for our sins] ourselves," said Jürgen.
Apart from this, Jürgen believes that being a Christian puts his life in "sensational hands." He feels it is a pity if other people "lack this sense of security, although they don't know it, of course, because otherwise they would probably look for it."
The death of Jesus on the cross and His resurrection have done all we need to come into a right relationship with Jesus Christ. As Jürgen says; "we don't need to do anything because someone else [Jesus] did it for us.
"That's a huge, huge comfort," he acknowledges. "The great comfort comes from knowing that we can have forgiveness for everything wrong we have ever done so we can know God personally."
What makes Jürgen unusual is that he does not shy away from sharing his faith. In an interview with fr-online.de, he said, "To be a believer [Christian], but not want to talk about it- I do not know how it would work! If anyone asks me about my faith, I give them information."
With the success that Jürgen has enjoyed, some have proclaimed him as a coaching god, but he himself is quick to debunk that, saying that there is only one true God - the God of the Bible.
The popular coach is not alone in combining soccer and his Christian faith. "All these really likeable guys who I meet week in and week out at matches or in some cases even in training, have one thing in common: they have noticed at some stage in their careers that there must be more to life than championships and relegation battles," he says.
"They relate how a relationship with God has changed their perspective."
Two weeks after starting his manager's role at Liverpool, the German from Stuttgart, showed his willingness to speak openly about his faith, stating: "I'm a Christian, I believe in God...the success is not about me."
It is refreshing to see such humility and graciousness in such a successful and famous sports personality.
In the Bible Jesus promises that "whoever confesses Me before men, him I will also confess before My Father who is in heaven". In the same way Jürgen honours God, he will be one day honoured in eternity. That is the best success of all.•