Klopp: I’m a better coach now than in 2012

The 47-year-old is under intense pressure with his Dortmund side currently rock bottom of the Bundesliga, but he retains the utmost faith in his ability

Jurgen Klopp sees no reason for him to stand down as Borussia Dortmund boss, claiming that he is a better coach now than he was in 2012.

The 47-year-old has long been regarded as one of the game’s most innovative and charismatic tacticians, having completely transformed the fortunes of BVB since taking charge in 2008.

Despite operating on a far smaller budget than many of Europe’s elite, Klopp led Dortmund to back-to-back Bundesliga titles, in 2011 and 2012, as well as the final of the 2013 Champions League.

However, he is now under intense pressure, with the Signal Iduna Park side currently rock bottom of the German top flight.

Klopp, though, says he has no intention of resigning, insisting that he retains the utmost faith in his ability.

“I’m not one for quitting. I am all or nothing,” the former Mainz man stated. “As long Dortmund wants that, I will continue in that way.

“I am a fighter and I’m a better coach than 2012, although you cannot see that in the table.”

Dortmund’s fans turned on their team after last weekend’s dismal 2-0 defeat at Eintracht Frankfurt and Klopp says he can understand their frustration.

However, he intimated that it would be in the supporters’ best interests to try to get behind their struggling players.

“I totally understand the criticism,” he insisted. “That is human. The whistles I understand. They are completely normal.

“However, anyone who whistles has to question whether it helps.

“Nevertheless, the situation does not feel catastrophic to me.”

Klopp then joked that there is only one way for any supporter to avoid having to watch their team going through tough times.

“If you want to succeed, a person has only one option: to be Bayern fan,” he exclaimed.