Jurgen Klopp: The Football Manager With A Passion For Padel

September 28, 2021

Padel is a fast pace game that combines entertaining rallies with technical strategy. Strategy is a key point to padel. Transitioning from tennis to padel is easy, but as the game is commonly played in pairs you will need to adjust your game plan to play with a partner. Unlike tennis, you can win points by using the walls of the court and this can present several challenges if you are used to playing tennis. However, this can be seen as an opportunity to improve your on-court tennis game, because it will allow you to play shots that you haven’t played in a game of tennis before.

Strategy is a large part of many sports and nowhere is it used more often than in the game of football (or soccer). Interestingly, many people in the football world use padel as a way of winding down after a training session or a football match. A great advocate of padel in the football world is 9 times trophy winner Jurgen Klopp. The manager of Liverpool first discovered the sport five years ago and can’t get enough of it. He even has a purpose-built padel club at Liverpool’s training centre. 

If you would like to learn more about Jurgen Klopp passion for padel, read on to see how padel is connected to the famous football manager coaching style. 

King Of The Padel Court

Jurgen Klopp is known for winning the Premier League and European Cups with Liverpool, but little is known about his success on the padel court. Jurgen was first introduced to the game when he was on holiday in Tenerife with his training staff. They first followed the rules of padel from the internet but were shortly corrected by a Spanish professional padel player, who taught them the right way to play after seeing some questionable plays from the Liverpool coaching team. Since then, Jurgen Klopp can be seen winning executive games of the padel court at Melwood training grounds. 

Jurgen Klopp’s Padel Distraction

It can be difficult keeping up with the daily pressures of being the manager of one of the most successful football teams in the world. Jurgen Klopp can balance the pressure of his daily routine by relaxing on the padel court after a few games of padel with his support staff. Playing padel can be a great distraction from reality and can free up space in your head to concentrate on the things that matter. For Jurgen Klopp, playing padel allows him to concentrate on coming up with new strategies for Liverpool on the pitch.

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