Klopp: I belong at Borussia Dortmund

Though the BVB coach accepts that, at times, his job can be "dirty", he insists that it is a privilege to coach the club, with quality both on and off the pitch
Borussia Dortmund coach Jurgen Klopp says that he "belongs" at Signal Iduna Park.

Since taking charge in 2008, the German has led BVB to two Bundesliga titles, the DFB-Pokal and a solitary DFL-Supercup success but, after finishing runners-up in both the league and the Champions League last season, the 46-year-old has endured a disappointing campaign in 2013-14, with his side third in the table, 14 points behind leaders Bayern Munich.

However, Klopp says that this has done little to dim his love affair with BVB and feels that he has been blessed with both quality staff and players throughout his tenure.

"No-one has to ask me which club I am at, everybody knows where I belong," he told Welt. "I was lucky at Mainz and have been lucky at Borussia Dortmund. At these clubs you'll find a top team of players and a top team of trainers.

"The coach job can be a dirty job. They are responsible for the dismissal of many colleagues but I have never said to a player: 'If we don’t win, you're gone.' This would be extraordinary."

Klopp cites a lack of concentration as the reason behind his team's struggles this term but also argues that the spate of injuries to key players has been another serious blow.

"Maybe we find that we sometimes lack concentration," he remarked. "However, injuries can also be a problem.

"We moved into the knockout stages of the Champions League without seven injured players. This is extraordinary."