Turns out Jurgen Klopp really loves “Rocky”.
The Liverpool manager waxed poetic about the Sylvester Stallone-helmed boxing series, saying he’s a lifelong fan of the films.
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That includes the latest installment, as Klopp caught up with the seventh installment, “Creed”, on Friday.
And while Goodison Park plays a role in the film — Stallone is an Everton supporter — that didn’t temper Klopp’s enjoyment. From the BBC:
“When I got home there was nothing to do anymore and we decided to watch a film and I found Creed – it was really good.
“I had no idea that Goodison Park played a part in it. It looked good but not more.
“When I was much younger I tried to use the story of Rocky IV – Rocky Balboa against Ivan Drago – in a meeting and after five minutes I realised my players did not have a clue what I was talking about so I had to start new. Only two players knew the film.
“Rocky is a wonderful story, I have loved him my whole life. Maybe some day I will run up the stairs in Philidelphia but not this week.”
Monday’s Merseyside Derby is Klopp’s first trip to Goodison Park as a manager. Hopefully the reception and experience don’t ruin his “Rocky” love.