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Klopp - a Liverpool romance
Anthony Quinn
Faber & Faber
UK Publication Date

'Immensely readable' Hannah Jane Parkinson, OBSERVER
'Informative and emotive' THIS IS ANFIELD

*As featured in the Guardian's Biggest Books of Autumn 2020*

In the first book by a British writer about this extraordinary football manager, lifelong Liverpool fan Anthony Quinn has crafted a uniquely revealing love-letter to Jrgen Klopp.

In early March 2020 Liverpool were two wins away from an extraordinary achievement, on course for their first league title win in 30 years - since the heads days of Kenny Dalglish - and likely to seal it in the Merseyside derby against their great rivals Everton. And all this an incredible two months before the season was due to end. Then, as we all know, the season was postponed.

The architect of the club's great resurgence - including their 2019 UEFA Champions League win - has been Jrgen Klopp. In his personal love-letter to the man, Anthony Quinn, journalist, novelist and life-long Liverpool fan, has written an inspiring and affectionate portrait of the incredible German manager, who came to Liverpool in late 2015, with a growing reputation from his successes at Borussia Dortmund.

Closely following the three month break, as well as the club's title-clinching return, Quinn offers a uniquely revealing and personal take on this long-awaited triumph.

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Anthony Quinn was born in Liverpool in 1964. From 1998 to 2013 he was the film critic for the Independent. He is the author of six novels: The Rescue Man, which won the 2009 Authors' Club Best First Novel Award; Half of the Human Race; The Streets, which was shortlisted for the 2013 Walter Scott Prize; Curtain Call, which was chosen for Waterstones and Mail on Sunday Book Clubs; Freya, a Radio 2 Book Club choice, and Eureka.

Klopp's story is told in an immensely readable style...Klopp isn't just for Liverpool, Quinn writes in his final pages. He is for all of us. I reckon this book can be too.
Observer - Hannah Jane Parkinson

Quinn's highly enjoyable book makes room in a short space for a lot more than Klopp.
Guardian - Blake Morrison

A compelling gallop of a read and Anthony Quinn perfectly captures the man's endearing likability . . . Quinn loves Klopp with a passion that flies aloof of reason. And right now, as the German leads Liverpool to ever greater achievements, he is not the only one.
Mail on Sunday

Grounded in solid Scouse fandom . . . Klopp appears almost obscenely charming - honest, intelligent, sensible and funny - in Anthony Quinn's revealing billet-doux.

Klopp has worked his way into Liverpool's big sentimental heart like a German love bomb. And Quinn couldn't resist writing an ode, an unabashed fan's notes: to Klopp and his boyhood city and the ghost of Shankly.
Irish Times

Quinn's slim but satisfying profile of the Liverpool manager is saved from hagiography by the author's wit and the deft way he weaves his own experiences alongside the account of Klopp's achievements.
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The fact that Anthony Quinn is a Red and he shows enough passion for the game and the club gives the book additional value. Can I recommend it to other Liverpool fans? Yes, because it's interesting and you won't be bored for a second. If you find it in your closest bookstore, take the risk and spend a few pounds on it...Trust me, there's no risk.
LFC History Blog

Klopp: My Liverpool Romance is intriguing and it will not bore you for a moment. After all, it is about a charismatic and entertaining personality, who has not had a dull moment in his career.
Paisley Gates

Both informative and emotive, there's plenty to sink your teeth into in this distinctive look at a manager who has forged a long-lasting legacy everywhere he has hung his hat.
This Is Anfield

This all makes for a lively and highly engaging read, Quinn's warm, conversational prose digressing into comparisons with the pop star heroes of his youth (David Bowie, Marc Bolan) as well as classic film.
When Saturday Comes

"a delightful writer writing about a delightful subject"
The Week

'It's at once an elegiac memoir, reflection on fandom and the meaning of success, as well as being a love letter to the great man himself.'
The Times

Quinn's writing shows what immense capacity for care and love men can have. Liverpool, the most un-English of all England's footballing cities, legitimises love beyond reason, and as long as that is true, books like this will be written: pages and pages of love.
New Statesman - Alison McGovern (MP for Wirral South)

'an inspiring and affectionate portrait'.
New Writing North

Quinn strikes a balance as someone who knows what he's talking about, yet also knows there is more to life than football.
i newspaper

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Soccer managers - Germany.|Soccer - Great Britain.
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