Tuesday Jun 16, 2020. 13:00
AFC Leopards interim manager Anthony Kimani has revealed that one of his coaching heroes is Liverpool’s Jurgen Klopp.
The German has been in charge of the Reds for almost five years and looks set to lead the club to their first Premier League title in three decades when the English top flight resumes in the coming days.
Kimani, meanwhile, has been in charge of Nairobi-based Leopards since December 2019 and has attempted to implement a new style of play at the club.
“I get my inspiration from [Jurgen] Klopp because I think he is one of the few coaches who have the ability to get the best out of his players,” Kimani told the club’s YouTube channel, as quoted by Goal.
“Looking at how he has managed and transformed the current Liverpool squad and again what he achieved at Borussia Dortmund. I would say he is a coach who has managed to do so well even though he has not been at the clubs which have got so many resources in Europe.
“Whatever he has managed to get out of his players is not what you can see from other coaches. He is a coach that I really look up to.”
Kimani also praised everyone at Leopards for sticking together through a difficult time, with the season suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic.
“The fans, management, the playing unit and the technical bench have been outstanding even though we did not achieve as much as we may have wanted,” Kimani added.
“As a family, we came very close during the most difficult period and going forward, if we continue with the same attitude, come together, come on board and steer this club to the right direction then I feel there are big things in store for us.”
He added, “We have endured a lot as a club in the last couple of seasons, we have not been at where we want as a club, and have not achieved what is expected of us but I think the time is coming.
“We have started doing what we are supposed to do and I feel we are getting closer and closer to where we really deserve to be as a club.”