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Liverpool's Jurgen Klopp: I'm calmer than Antonio Conte during games

Liverpool manager Jurgen Klopp has claimed he is "cooler" on the sidelines than fiery Chelsea boss Antonio Conte.

Klopp, who took over at Anfield following Brendan Rodgers' exit last October, has become known for his wild touchline celebrations and dramatic gesturing during matches.

For his part Conte, whose Chelsea side face Liverpool in the International Champions Cup on Wednesday night (11 p.m. ET, ESPN3), has earned a similar reputation throughout his career for animated displays of his own over 90 minutes, including at the summer's European Championship in France.

Speaking in an exclusive interview with ESPN FC, the former Borussia Dortmund boss, however, said he believes he's the more mild-mannered of the two men during games.

"I saw him actually at the European Championships and, yeah, he was quite emotional [and] I thought, 'sometimes am I like this?'" Klopp said on Wednesday.

"I think I'm cooler but it's not a battle between us tonight and I met him once before at the Puma meeting in a Hetzel in Germany. We could not speak a lot because we, at this moment, we had no common language. My Italian is only [to] order some food and, yes, his English meanwhile is pretty good so we will have a talk tonight for sure.

Jurgen Klopp has become known for his wild celebrations at both Dortmund and Liverpool.

"He's a brilliant manager and it will be a tough season for both of us."

Liverpool have made a number of signings during the current transfer window, including the likes of Joel Matip, Sadio Mane, Loris Karius and most recently Georginio Wijnaldum.

Klopp hailed his club's collective process for bringing on new players.

"First of all, improvement all can come in all kinds of life and in all parts of life and, it's based on experience so, I don't think it makes sense that you give one person the whole power, that's why we have democracy and no other kind of political leadership," Klopp said. 

"Hopefully it stays like this and because we learned that it makes sense that you put all your skills together and in the end you try to find the best decision. ... I don't know how it works in other clubs but in this squad it's not one player."

 He continued: "It's all about the situation in the club and the squad and it's about money, we have all we all have a budget -- okay maybe not all have a budget -- but we have a budget, so it all it needs to be serious. That's how it is and that's how I like it and that's how I'm used to working. 

"So it's a lot of work to find a solution at the end. And yeah when I put my thumb up and I only can do this when the financial things are agreed and the player joins us or leaves us that's how it is."

Klopp, who takes a hands-on approach in his players' development and organisation on the pitch, says it isn't difficult to be relegated to a sideline role once the games begin.

"That would be stupid now if I would moan about this. That's the game when I took the job I knew that I cannot step on the [pitch], and the biggest influence on my success as a manager is that I stopped playing," Klopp jokingly said, before being asked if it could be frustrating for him.

"No, it's not, that's the job," he said. "You have to prepare the guys as good as possible and in the end. Again, I can't score goals, that's right. But I have to show them how they can more often [get] in a situation where they can score goals. I can't defend in the last second, that's right. But I have to show them how it works."

He continued: "So, that's what I love, that's that's my influence and if then at one point it stops, right. But I feel always part of the power that I can still have influence. That's why I am lively outside [the pitch]."

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